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INDIGENOUS WOMEN ENGAGING THE UN
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2015 - NYC

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From April 19-24, 2015, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office and MADRE will host a delegation of 12 Indigenous women leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). The goal is to support Indigenous women in their advocacy work at the United Nations, in particular regarding their efforts to shape discussions on climate change from a gender perspective. Specifically, we will discuss how to effectively engage the process of defining the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which will be finalized later this year. We also seek to foster an exchange of knowledge between Indigenous women from different regions around the world on Indigenous women’s rights, climate change, and sustainable development. Since RLS–NYC and MADRE both hold consultative status with the ECOSOC, the delegation will be able to participate in all official meetings and events. Additionally, we will organize a number of events for the delegation and an official side event of the UNPFII.

Public Side Event
Confronting Climate Change: Indigenous Women and Sustainable Development

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
1:15 – 2:30pm
Conference Room 12, UN Headquarters
With simultaneous interpretation into Spanish
Please note that a UN pass is required to enter the building.

This panel will feature Indigenous women leaders from Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and North America confronting the impact of climate change. They will share examples of how Indigenous women are responding to the effects of climate change and their efforts to mitigate its impact within their communities. The panelists will also discuss how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should address climate change and the importance of including Indigenous women in the creation of SDG policies. (For background information on the SDGs, check the RLS-NYC study by Barbara Adams and Kathryn Tobin, Confronting Development.)

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