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UNPFII Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues Available

Resource Kit on Indigenous People 27 August 2008: This toolkit is aimed at UN Country Teams

and other development agents, to provide guidance on how to engage indigenous

peoples and include their perspectives in development processes.

The toolkit

was prepared by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), UN

Division for Social Policy and Development, UN Department of Economic and Social

Affairs, in cooperation with the International Labor Organization, UN

Children's Fund, UN Development Programme, UN Population Fund and Secretariat

of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The toolkit contains recommendations

on how to make the Millennium Development Goals relevant to indigenous peoples,

in particular the goal of ensuring environmental sustainability. In this

regard, the toolkit notes that indigenous communities face a number of

environmental challenges, including climate change, and suggests: balancing

some conservation projects by respecting the right of indigenous peoples to

live in their traditional territories; and protecting traditional knowledge and

promoting benefit-sharing agreements. [The

Toolkit]