07 Aug 2020, 16:00 - 17:00 CET

WEBINAR: 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.


16.00 – Welcome and Introduction
Karin Gardes
, Chief Operations Officer, SIWI16.10 – Speakers
Francisco Calí Tzay, 
UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Leo Heller, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation
Josefina Skerk, Advocate for Sami Rights and former Vice President of the Sami Parliament in Sweden
Alex Lucitante, Board Member of Alianza Ceibo, 2020 winner of the UNDP Equator Prize16.40 – Open Discussion and Q&A with speakers16.55 Closing Remarks>Karin Gardes, Chief Operations Officer, SIWI

Watch the full webinar here.

07 Aug 2020, 16:00 - 17:00 CET