370 million people in over 90 countries identify themselves as being indigenous. They represent humanity in all its diversity but they all have in common the fact that they are the most excluded, discriminated, threatened and often the poorest communities worldwide. The EU is supporting tools and initiatives to understand better indigenous peoples needs in order for them to claim their rights and not be left behind.
Supported by the EU and implemented by the ILO, the Indigenous Navigator has been developed as a tool to monitor the recognition and implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples and their development status. It responds to the need for better data related to the development and rights of indigenous peoples. This data can be fed into existing human rights and sustainable development monitoring processes at local, national, regional and international levels.
The Indigenous Navigator helps:
- Raise awareness of the rights of indigenous people;
- Guide and orient indigenous peoples’ self-determined governance and development strategies;
- Hold states accountable;
- Deliver data on indigenous peoples’ human rights and development situation to UN agencies and mechanisms;
- Provide evidence on whether states are complying with their commitments;
- Guide and orient development policies;
- Generate attention and action in relation to the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples’ rights.
It is a collaborative initiative of five organisations – Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, Forest Peoples Programme, International Labour Organisation, International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs and the Tebtebba Foundation. It is supported by the EU’s Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights and Global Public Goods and Challenges Programme.
The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent an unprecedented opportunity to ensure that indigenous peoples are not left behind. The goals can also benefit from indigenous peoples’ knowledge on topics such as community resilience and the environment.
Indigenous Views is a series of videos, produced by the EU, depicting how the SDGs can impact the lives of Indigenous peoples. They focus on the themes of a number of key SDGs, and are presented through the views of indigenous peoples from Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya, Nepal and Thailand.
Watch the full video here and follow the links below to watch the eight short videos on:
Full video covering all topics (52 mins)