"Amplifying the Voices of Indigenous Peoples”

Global Report on the Situation of Lands, Territories and Resources of Indigenous Peoples

(Excerpt) The report on the current state of Indigenous Peoples’ Lands, Territories and Resources (LTR) was prepared by the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) to inform the implementation of global commitments to Sustainable Development and the various related processes for transformational change. It is a summary of regional reports written by indigenous researchers and experts under the guidance of the IPMG Global Coordinating Committee to stress the importance of securing the collective land rights of indigenous peoples, an imperative to achieve sustainable development for all. 

Indigenous peoples’ intrinsic and reciprocal relationships with their land, territories and resources constitute the foundation of their identities and cultures, spirituality and values, health and collective well-being. Springing from these relationships with their homelands are their diverse contributions towards enriching nature, engendering diversity and maintaining balance with the natural world. Securing, renewing and nurturing these relationships with their lands, territories and resources amid unsustainable production and consumption, extractive industries and carbon-based development, marked by highly unequal power relations and social inequality, is the challenge indigenous peoples face around the world.....

This report presents stories from around the world about how indigenous peoples are facing contemporary challenges and contributing to sustainable development. We hope it will spur more attention and actions by decision makers and development actors at the national, regional and global levels on the centrality of securing the lands, territories and resources of indigenous peoples, if we are to save the only planet we all depend on. 

Joan Carling
Indigenous Peoples Major Group for the SDGs

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This publication has been produced with the assistance of the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN), International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) for Sustainable Development and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the RFN, EU and IWGIA.




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Indigenous Views - a series of videos depicting how the SDGs can impact the lives of Indigenous peoples

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.

While indigenous peoples make up 5 % of the global population, they account for 15 % of the extreme poor.

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.

Eight short videos have been produced focusing on the themes of a number of key SDGs, presented through the views of indigenous peoples from Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya, Nepal and Thailand and this video covers all topics.

IPMG Position Papers and Publications

IPMG Position Papers and Publications

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Resource Materials

Resource Materials

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Indigenous Navigator

Indigenous Navigator

Monitoring human rights and SDGs for indigenous peoples


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