2018 Expert Group Meetings and Panel Discussions


International expert group meeting on the theme “Sustainable Development in the Territories of Indigenous Peoples”

International expert group meeting on the theme “Sustainable Development in the Territories of Indigenous Peoples”
UN Headquarters, New York, 23-25 January 2018

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples makes it clear that indigenous peoples have the right to practice, manifest, protect and develop their own cultural, social, religious and educational development. Art. 23 specifically states that “IPs have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for exercising their right to development.” The territorial framework for the operationalisation of the Declarations may be the community, the region or the state depending on demographic facts, political traditions, etc, and aspirations of the peoples. Keeping in mind article 4 of the Declaration that “indigenous peoples have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs”, the Expert Meeting focused on the relationships between types of autonomy and the opportunity for indigenous peoples in a sustainable way to develop health, housing, and other economic and social programmes.


Expert Group Meeting on “Accelerating Global Actions for a World Without Poverty”
Addis Ababa, 18-20 April 2018

In the 2030 Agenda, Goal 1 recognizes that ending poverty in all its forms everywhere is the greatest global challenge facing the world today and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the Social Development Policy Division of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), is organizing an Inter-Agency Expert Group Meeting on the “Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty” under the theme “Accelerating global actions for a world without poverty”. The meeting will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 18 – 20 April 2018, as part of the preparations for the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly.