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RMIT University academic Dr Binoy Kampmark explains how the United Nations (The UN) works.


Indigenous communities play a vital role as custodians of our planet, possessing vital knowledge that will support global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But despite progress to protect their rights, many of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples face discrimination and threats to their livelihoods and ancestral lands.

"Taking Action: Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples" (2013) is part of an APF training package to support national human rights institutions to work with indigenous communities and better promote and protect their distinctive rights. It features interviews with international experts, indigenous peoples’ organisations and NHRIs from across the Asia Pacific region.

This excerpt, from Link TV's Global Spirit program "Earth Wisdom for a World in Crisis," was filmed at the United Nations, where 3,000 indigenous people from around the world were invited to share their solutions to the growing environmental crisis. Tribal leaders from Brazil, West Papua, Kenya, and Peru discuss their concerns.

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The indigenous World 2020

Since 1986, the purpose of The Indigenous World has been to give a comprehensive yearly overview of the developments indigenous peoples have experienced. It is our hope that indigenous peoples themselves, along with their organisations, will find it useful in their advocacy work aimed at improving indigenous peoples’ human rights situation.