More from UNDESAVol 22 No. 3 - March 2017

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: a conversation with experts

This year marks 10 years since the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) was adopted, setting minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of indigenous peoples around the world.

Ahead of its anniversary on 13 September, UN DESA’s Division of Social Policy and Development (DSPD) gathered experts for a three-day meeting on 25-27 January to discuss achievements made and challenges that remain in realizing the UN Declaration at the global, regional and national levels.

The meeting was the first step in a series of events to take stock of the current situation and to advance the lives and rights of indigenous peoples. This includes the direction that the UN Declaration takes as governments around the world continue to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The UN Declaration has also played its part in influencing the new phase of global goals. In fact, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) now show six direct references to indigenous peoples. This is a major step forward compared to the Millennium Development Goals, where indigenous peoples were largely invisible.

In light of the anniversary, we asked experts attending the meeting, where the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has made an impact, and how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are making a difference. Check out this video to hear what the experts answer!

For more information: UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development – Indigenous peoples 


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