Session 7: Realizing the full potential of local and indigenous knowledge, and homegrown innovations for the achievement of the SDGs
This session will discuss what is currently known about how local and indigenous knowledge contributes to the SDGs, and how indigenous peoples and local communities can build synergies between their knowledge systems and that of science to achieve the SDGs.
The session will further identify needs and gaps, with regard to policies and partnerships in this area.

Chair: H.E. Dr. Toshiya Hoshino, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations

Moderator: Mr. Paulo Gadelha, Coordinator of the FIOCRUZ Strategy for the 2030 Agenda, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ)

Panelists:
● Ms. Minnie Degawan, Director, Indigenous and traditional peoples programme, Conservation International, Washington DC
● Mr. Joel Heath, Executive Director, The Arctic Eider Society, Sanikiluaq, Canada
● Mr. Mulubrhan Gebremikael, UNEP-IEMP (International Ecosystem Management Program), Beijing, China
● Ms. Jozelin Soto, Milpa Maguey Tierno de la Mujer Sss, Mexico
Biographies
Mr. Joel Heath
Executive Director, The Arctic Eider Society, Sanikiluaq, Canada
Mr. Joel Heath

Executive Director, The Arctic Eider Society, Sanikiluaq, Canada

Joel Heath is an accomplished Canadian academic and filmmaker and former Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies. He has 20 years of Arctic experience working with Inuit communities combining his expertise in ecology, sea ice dynamics, Inuit knowledge and mathematical biology. He has led development of a network of Community-Driven Research Programs, curriculum for northern schools, directed/produced the 16x award winning film People of a Feather (www.peopleofafeather.com). He is Executive Director and co-founder of the Arctic Eider Society (www.arcticeider.com), a registered Canadian charity based in Sanikiluaq Nunavut, and recent winner of the Google.org Impact Challenge in Canada for SIKU: the Inuit knowledge Wiki and Social Mapping Platform.

Mr. Paulo Gadelha
Member of the 10 Member Group to the STI Forum, and Coordinator of the FIOCRUZ Strategy for the 2030 Agenda, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), Brazil
Mr. Paulo Gadelha

Member of the 10 Member Group to the STI Forum, and Coordinator of the FIOCRUZ Strategy for the 2030 Agenda, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), Brazil

Dr. Paulo Gadelha, MD, PhD, Member of the 10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism with the UN Inter-agency Task Team on STI for the SDGs; Coordinator of the FIOCRUZ Strategy for the 2030 Agenda, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), Brazil.

As coordinator of the FIOCRUZ Strategy for the 2030 Agenda, Dr. Gadelha is in charge of promoting FIOCRUZ’s strategic engagement with the Agenda’s aspirational principles and goals. His background in technology includes studies of the application of technology in public health, healthcare models, and STI’s history. Dr. Gadelha was FIOCRUZ’s president from 2009 to 2016, leading scientific achievements in biomedical sciences, the generation of scientific and technological knowledge, and health and social development promotion. Previously, he founded and directed “Casa de Oswaldo Cruz”, a FIOCRUZ Institute dedicated to the sociology and history of science and health. Dr. Gadelha served as a member of the National Health Council’s Science and Technology Intersectoral Commission. As President of the Brazilian Association of Collective Health, he chaired the 11th World Congress on Public Health. In 2017, with UN/DESA, he chaired FIOCRUZ’s efforts in organizing the 1st Consultation on Health and STI in the 2030 Agenda’s implementation.

Ms. Minnie Degawan
Director, Indigenous and traditional peoples programme, Conservation International, Washington DC
Ms. Minnie Degawan

Director, Indigenous and traditional peoples programme, Conservation International, Washington DC

Minnie Degawan is an indigenous Kankanaey-Igorot from the Cordillera, Philippines. Her direct involvement with community organizations also enriched her understanding of the traditional knowledge systems that govern the various aspects of indigenous life. She has been involved in different levels in advocating for the full recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples. She worked with a variety of international organizations such as the Minority Rights Group, Int., International Labour Organization and World Wildlife Fund for Nature before joining Conservation International as Director of the Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Program.

Statements
Statements
Mr. Joel Heath, Executive Director, The Arctic Eider Society, Sanikiluaq, Canada
Mr. Mulubrhan Gebremikael, UNEP-IEMP (International Ecosystem Management Program), Beijing, China
Ms. Jozelin Soto, Milpa Maguey Tierno de la Mujer Sss, Mexico
Ms. Minnie Degawan, Director, Indigenous and traditional peoples programme, Conservation International, Washington DC
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