What do the Sustainable Development Goals Mean for Indigenous Peoples?

“This week marks the 2017 High Level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York, discussing the first year of  implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The goals are part of an agenda looking towards eradication of poverty other indicators of well being for people and the planet by the year 2030, as an extension to the earlier Millennium Development Goals which concluded in 2015. The High-Level Political Forum is the central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, and provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies.

Although significant progress has been made towards realizing development goals, that progress has been tempered by the criticism that progress has not made evenly across race, ethnicity, social status, and gender lines.  Indigenous Peoples, along with other  minority groups, have pushed for parties to recognize that the next steps for development must “Leave No One Behind.”

Yet, Indigenous Peoples have faced difficulty in seeing their perspectives reflected in the 2030 agenda. Although all of the 17 goals are relevant for Indigenous Peoples, only 4 out of 230 indicators specifically mention Indigenous Peoples:”

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