High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

 

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Background

The High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) is the central UN platform for monitoring and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Indigenous peoples have been actively engaged to ensure that the voices and contributions of indigenous peoples are heard at the High Level Political Forum – and that progress is being reviewed for indigenous peoples and their specific development concerns as well.

The HLPF 2016 (11-20 July 2016, NY) is the first after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, setting the framework for the next 15 years’ implementation. The theme of the HLPF 2016 is “Ensuring that no one is left behind”.

 

UNPFII’s substantive inputs to HLPF 2016

As a subsidiary body to the Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues provided substantive inputs to the thematic reviews of the High Level Political Forum 2016, highlighting what is needed to ensure that indigenous peoples are not left behind in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The substantive inputs can be found below in PDF in four languages. They are also available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge platform here

UNPFII Substantive Inputs to HLPF 2016 (Click here for French , SpanishRussian )

 

HLPF Side Event on “Securing the Rights and Contributions of Indigenous Peoples in the 2030 Agenda”

Side event 6A side event took place on 15 July with the aim to discuss and provide strategic policy guidance on how to ensure that indigenous are not left behind in the 2030 Agenda – and how to enhance their roles and contributions to sustainable development. The side event is organised by the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII/DSPD/DESA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations.

 

 

Panellists:

  • Mr. Sean Batten, Director of Global Development Policy, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Ms. Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of Latin America and Caribbean (ECLAC). Alicia Bárcena’s presentation is available here

Special Remarks:Side event 2

  • Ms. Deirdre Mc Grenra, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Mr. Roberto Borrero, Indigenous Peoples’ Major Group/International Indian Treaty Council
  • Ms. Birgitte Feiring, Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • Ms. Otilia Lux de Coti, former Expert Member of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The side event was moderated by Ms. Joan Carling, Expert Member of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

See the webcast from the side event here.

Read more about the side event here.

 

Press Conference: “Securing the rights and contributions of indigenous peoples in the 2030 Agenda”

Press Conference on securing the rights and contributions of indigenous peoples in the 2030 Agenda. Picture, left to right: Joan Carling, UNPFII Expert Member, Philippines; Otilia Lux De Coti, Fondo Indigena, Guatemala; Roberto Borrero, International Indian Treaty Council and Indigenous Peoples Major Group,

UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

In connection with the above side event, UN Department of Information conducted a press conference, featuring:

  • Ms. Joan Carling, Expert Member of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  • Ms. Otilia Lux de Coti, former Expert Member of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  • Mr. Roberto Borrero, Indigenous Peoples’ Major Group/International Indian Treaty Council

Watch the press conference here – and read some of the coverage of indigenous peoples’ perspectives on the 2030 Agenda in the Inter Press Service News Agency.

 

UNPFII participation at HLPF

The UNPFII has been actively engaged during the High Level Political Forum. UNPFII Chair, Alvaro Pop Ac, was invited to give a statement as a lead discussant at the panel “Ensuring that no one is left behind – envisioning an inclusive world in 2030” on the opening day of the High Level Political Forum. More information about the panel is available here – and the debate can be watched at the UN webtv here.

In addition, UNPFII expert member, Ms. Joan Carling, who is the focal person on the 2030 Agenda, attended the High Level Political Forum throughout and spoke at several panels and side events to ensure that indigenous peoples’ priorities and rights are at the front of the discussions of the 2030 Agenda.

For general information on the High Level Political Forum see www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org