Highlights Vol 21, No. 04 - April 2017

Global solutions to global challenges: ECOSOC Partnership Forum

Recognizing the key role of fostering fruitful and successful partnerships in the success of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Economic and Social Council is hosting its annual Partnership Forum on 5 April this year. Sustainable development for current and future generations has become the center of everything we do at the United Nations, and thus the ECOSOC Partnership Forum will explore ways to promote partnerships for global solutions to the global challenges as we move towards a sustainable future.

This year, the forum will focus on sustainable infrastructure development as a means for achieving these goals. Infrastructure development plays a catalytic role in fostering economic growth and employment, reducing poverty and inequality and facilitating development in all countries.

Over the years, the Partnership Forum has provided a platform for stakeholders from both civil society and the private sector to address cooperation for promoting opportunities, increased prosperity and sustainable development for all. It has grown to be a indispensable mechanism for overcoming the many challenges and bottlenecks to sustainable development for all.

As the international community continues to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – the collective effort of international organizations, Member States, and the civil society – effective partnerships remain a key component for their achievement. A holistic approach to the massive task of creating a sustainable future for all of us is therefore critical, keeping global solutions to global challenges within reach.

ECOSOC’s 2017 Partnership Forum will take place at UNHQ in New York on Wednesday, 5 April 2017.

For more information: 2017 ECOSOC Partnership Forum

Indigenous peoples from all over the world gather for Permanent Forum

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will meet for its 16th session from 24 April to 5 May 2017. More than 1,000 indigenous participants are expected to attend the Session, making it not only one of the most culturally diverse United Nations meetings, but also one of the largest public gatherings at UN Headquarters every year. A special focus this year will be the celebration of the “10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” The Declaration, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007, was a historical achievement after more than 25 years of negotiations.

The Declaration sets the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of indigenous peoples. It embodies a global consensus on individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples, including the rights to self-determination, traditional lands, education, culture, health, and to pursue a distinct vision of economic and social development.

The anniversary will be marked by a high-level event of the General Assembly, taking place on 25 April from 10 am to 1 pm. The anniversary will be an opportunity to assess the achievements and remaining challenges in implementing the Declaration.

While the Declaration has helped improve the lives and prospects of indigenous peoples across the world, indigenous peoples continue to face extreme marginalization and exclusion in many societies. Where data is available, it shows shorter life expectancy, higher infant and maternal mortality rates, and lower educational attainment among indigenous peoples than the general population.

Other topics on the agenda of the 16th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues include the six mandated areas of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues: health, education, human rights, economic and social development, environment and culture.

Furthermore, the Permanent Forum will have dedicated sessions about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and how to ensure that indigenous peoples are not left behind in development of national implementation plans, as well as in national voluntary reviews and follow-up. There will also be deliberations on the follow-up to the Permanent Forum’s recommendations, in particular related to indigenous women and youth – and a discussion about the critical situation of indigenous human rights defenders.

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is an expert body of the Economic and Social Council with the mandate to provide expert advice to the Council and raise awareness on indigenous issues.

Twelve new experts joined the Permanent Forum on 1 January 2017: Mr. Les Malezer (Australia), Mr. Jens Dahl (Denmark), Ms. Lourdes Tibán Guala (Ecuador), Ms. Anne Nuorgam (Finland), Mr. Seyed Moshen Emadi (Iran), Mr. Jesus Guadalupe Fuentes Blanco (México), Mr. Phoolman Chaudhary (Nepal), Ms. Tarcila Rivera Zea (Peru), Mr. Dimitri Zaitcev (Russian Federation), Mr. Elifuraha Laltaika (United Republic of Tanzania), Ms. Terri Henry (United States of America) and Mr. Brian Keane (United States of America). Mr. Gervais Nzoa (Cameroon), Ms. Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine (Mali) and Ms. Aisa Mukabenova (Russian Federation) are continuing in a second term. One expert member seat is yet to be filled.

For more information:

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

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