Organizer- International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Co-organizers- Member States (Canada, Finland, others TBC), Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and the President of FILAC and Chair of the Steering Committee of Indigenous Peoples’ Forum at IFAD. Other partners include Indigenous Leaders, civil society organisations and other partners on Indigenous Peoples issues.
As we enter the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is critical to acknowledge how the specific role and challenges of Indigenous Peoples are at the heart of the entire 2030 Agenda. Although Indigenous Peoples are among the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in the world, they are also active participants and partners who are making important contributions to sustainable rural development worldwide. Indigenous knowledge systems and sustainable practices provide valuable insight into addressing major challenges, including those related to sustainable natural resource management, climate resilience, and promoting inclusive and healthy food systems. This event, to be held on the margins of the 2020 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), has the objective to showcase how Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge, values and sustainable systems are essential to the realization of the entire 2030 Agenda, the importance of building mutually beneficial partnerships with their communities and organizations to leave no-one behind, and recognize the specific role, rights, needs and priorities of Indigenous Peoples in addressing the global outbreak of COVID 19 and contributing to SDGs.