Indigenous women near Yanayacu, Ecuador. <br /> Photo: © David Brossard (flickr)
Indigenous women near Yanayacu, Ecuador.
Photo: © David Brossard (flickr)

29.09.2017

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Three German NGOs organised an event in September to mark the tenth anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly. Participants stressed the role of indigenous peoples in achieving the SDGs.

“Indigenous peoples make a special contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. But they also need support to retain their practices and assert their rights,” said Angelika Kappel, Mayor of the City of Bonn, Germany, in her welcome to participants at an event held on the 13th September 2017 to mark the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly (UNDRIP) ten years ago.

The event was held by the United Nations Association of Germany, an independent organisation that aims to raise awareness among the German public of events in international politics and German UN policy, infoe, a German non-profit organisation that seeks to provide a forum for indigenous peoples and the Climate Alliance, a network of some 1,700 municipalities and districts in 26 European countries, regional governments and other organisations active in combating climate change.

Rights-based development in the Ecuadorian Amazon Forest

Delivering the keynote at the meeting, Eriberto Gualinga, official representative of the Kichwa community of the Sarayaku, gave an account of experience with rights-based development in the southern part of the Ecuadorian Amazon Forest.

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