What do the SDGs mean for the world’s Indigenous Peoples?

What do the SDGs mean for the world’s Indigenous Peoples?

By Dev Kumar Sunuwar

It has been over four years since the heads of states gathered at a High level Plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly in September 2015 in New York and adopted a new development framework: “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, in short known as the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). This decade-and-half long universal political agenda comprises 17 goals and 169 associated targets, as an extension to the earlier Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which concluded in 2015. SDGs reflect some of the key human rights principles advocated by Indigenous Peoples, who therefore believe that it may be an opportunity for continuing advances, promotion and recognition of the rights of Indigenous Peoples. An estimated 370 million Indigenous Peoples in the world, belonging to 5,000 different groups, in the 90 countries worldwide are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda with its promise to “Leave No One Behind”. They make up 5% of the world’s population, yet account for about 15% of the world’s poorest. They lag behind on virtually every social, economic, or political indicator considered in the SDGs. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is of critical importance to Indigenous Peoples. It is also imperative that Indigenous Peoples are engaged, at all levels, to ensure that we are not left behind. While the 2030 Agenda is beneficial to all global citizens, only the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples in the development, implementation, monitoring and review process of action plans and programs on sustainable development at all levels, will provide an opportunity for the fulfilment of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, as prescribed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). This journal Article centered on Indigenous Peoples and their concerns on Sustainable Development. 

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This article first was published on February, 2019, in quarterly titled 'Media Development' published by World Association for Christian Communication, Canada: https://waccglobal.org/missing-sdg-is-theme-of-latest-media-development-journal/

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