Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Development in Territories of Indigenous Peoples


23-25 January 2018
Conference Room 5, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Sustainable development in territories of indigenous peoples (Article 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)

Article 4

Indigenous peoples, in exercising their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing their autonomous functions.

Report of the Expert Group Meeting:

Background documents:

Programme of work

Concept note

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Report on the Seventh Session (Lands, Territories and Resources)

Indigenous peoples’ permanent sovereignty over natural resources: Final report of the Special Rapporteur, Erica-Irene A. Daes

Indigenous peoples and their relationship to land: Final report of the Special Rapporteur, Erica-Irene A. Daes


Papers submitted by experts:

Eirik Larsen: Sustainable Development in the Territories of Indigenous Peoples – Opening Introduction

Elifuraha Laltaika & Kelly Askew: Modes of Dispossession of Indigenous Lands and Territories in Africa

Ricardo Camilo Niño Izquierdo: El Desarrollo sostenible y los pueblos indígenas

Betty Lyons: Intervention “Regional cases of autonomy in the territories of Indigenous Peoples”

Mariaelena Huambachano: Enacting Food Sovereignty in New Zealand and Peru

Shapiom Nonigo: Routes to indigenous autonomy: the case of the Wampis Nation and its Autonomous Territorial Government (GTANW)

Statute of the Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampis Nation

Jérémie Gilbert: Land grabbing, investments & indigenous peoples’ rights to land and natural resurces

Participants that have already pre-registered (and have received an email confirming their registration) are advised to come come to the visitor’s entrance on 1st Avenue and 46th where you will get a pass to enter the UN grounds. Registration opens at 9 AM and closes at 10.30.