The Seventh Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues came to a conclusion last week (21st April – 2nd May). The Forum was established in 2000 and provides advice and recommendations to the UN system on indigenous matters.
It is estimated that there are 370 million indigneous people in 90 countries, and most of them struggle with the same issues, such as basic healthcare, environmental degradation, marginalization and human rights violations.
This two week meeting had the special theme of : Climate change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges.
It was acknowledged that indigneous people are in the frontline with effects that climate change could bring due to their close relationship to the environment. Climate change will also further highlight the problems they already face such as political and economic marginalization. Read more.
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