The Permanent Forum and the 2030 Agenda

SDG-logo_Advocates-01The Permanent Forum is actively engaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – and in ensuring that indigenous rights are at the center of implementation, follow-up and review of the Agenda.
As a subsidiary body to ECOSOC, the Permanent Forum provides substantive inputs to the thematic reviews of the Sustainable Development Goals at the High Level Political Forum. See the UNPFII’s substantive review reports for 2016 and 2017 here.
Over the years, the Permanent Forum has also made several recommendations related to indigenous priorities first within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, then the so-called post-2015 Agenda negotiations and finally in the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted on 25 September 2015. The recommendations from the latest years are extracted below.

The recent report from the 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has a dedicated section with recommendations related to the 2030 Agenda, based on the broad dialogue and discussion on this that took place with participants at the 16th Session, including indigenous peoples, Member States, UN agencies and other stakeholders. The main recommendations relate to:

  • Giving due consideration to indigenous peoples’ rights and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in implementation of the 2030 Agenda
  • Establishment of consultative platforms for indigenous peoples – and inclusion of indigenous peoples in voluntary national reviews at HLPF
  • Data Disaggregation according to indigenous identifiers and inclusion of relevant indicators for indigenous peoples, in particular related to secure land tenure

The 15th session’s recommendations reflect a follow-up to the commitments made in the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples’ Outcome Document, where Member States committed themselves to giving due consideration to all the rights of indigenous peoples in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda (paragraph 37) and in general, to working with indigenous peoples to disaggregate data, as appropriate, or conduct surveys and to utilizing holistic indicators of indigenous peoples’ well-being to address the situation and needs of indigenous peoples and individuals, in particular older persons, women, youth, children and persons with disabilities (paragraph 10).

To follow-up on the recommendations, the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (Division of Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs) organized an “Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Peoples and the 2030 Agenda” in October 2015. At the meeting, experts proposed concrete indicators for indigenous peoples’ priorities and suggested ways forward to ensure indigenous priorities are reflected in review and follow-up to the 2030 Agenda. The report from the discussions at the Expert Group Meeting will be available for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 15th Session 9-20 May 2016.

Compilation of UNPFII recommendations related to the 2030 Agenda