Published on June 23, 2017

On the same year marking the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) officially recognised the efforts and progress made by The Indigenous Navigator Initiative.

Our global consortium is glad to now offer a comprehensive framework to monitor the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights, including a set of community-based tools to monitor the situation on the ground.

A tool to promote rights

During its 16th session in New York, the UNPFII recommended the Indigenous Navigator as a tool to monitor the UNDRIP, and also the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Outcome Document and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. To achieve common goals, the UNPFII encouraged partnerships and contributions from States, UN agencies, indigenous peoples, national human rights institutions,  and civil society organisations.

“With the support of the Permanent Forum we are hoping that the UN system will commit to undertake data disaggregation based on ethnicity and we will assist the states on this”, said Co-convener of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group Joan Carling. For her, data generation will capture indigenous specific conditions as well as their aspirations and perspectives if effective participation of indigenous peoples takes place. “The Indigenous Navigator is an indispensable tool for generating relevant data from within the communities”, said Carling.

The task to measure indigenous rights

During the last years and especially after the adoption of the UNDRIP, the UNPFII has repeatedly called for the construction and implementation of appropriate key indicators to measure and secure well-being of indigenous peoples all around the world. Part of this recurring agenda has been on incorporating specific targets with disaggregated data to address the priorities of indigenous peoples at the national level.

By endorsing The Indigenous Navigator, the UNPFII calls for an inclusive sustainable development agenda where implementation is anchored in the UNDRIP and data on indigenous peoples’ situation. Indigenous peoples are already actively engaged in this process and can provide extremely valuable know-how.

We warmly welcome this support and look forward to joining synergies to empower indigenous demands and ensure that their aspirations can be realised. For this, data by and for indigenous peoples is the key.