Conversation with UN Special Rapporteurs on Indigenous peoples, water, and climate change
Indigenous peoples play a vital role when it comes to the environment. As stewards of fragile marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems, their role and inclusion in equitable and sustainable water management is essential. Worldwide, indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities also suffer disproportionally from economic, social and political marginalization and human rights violations, including poor access to water and sanitation services.
In order to raise awareness of indigenous peoples, every 9 August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, chosen in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva in 1982. This year, the UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility (WGF) will host an online dialogue highlighting the role of indigenous peoples’ knowledge and perspectives in sustainable water management and climate change, and what other communities could learn from them.