USA: organisation of 2 events to support indigenous people


The United Nations define the Indigenous peoples as follow: 'inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. Despite their cultural differences, indigenous peoples from around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples.

Indigenous peoples  have sought recognition of their identities, way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years, yet throughout history, their rights have always been violated. Indigenous peoples today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and way of life." 

It is in that perspective that the European Commission requested B&S Europe's support for the organisation of 2 events in New York, USA, last week, in the frame of our European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) project. One of them was a side event of the High level Political Forum on Sustainable Development : "Implementing 2030 Agenda in Asia Pacific: ensuring the inclusion of those furthest behind". The other was the launch event of the Right Energy Partnership with Indigenous Peoples. Around 80 participants attended the events and 2 of our event managers were deployed to New York to assist them individually.