Indigenous people ‘excluded from development efforts’
SciDev.Net, 7 June 2013

UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK: The 12th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York gathered to address the global response to political, economic and cultural problems affecting the world’s most vulnerable communities. Representatives of some of the world’s indigenous people have raised concerns that the global development agenda, including the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and their planned successors, is being implemented without their full consent and participation. During the meeting, some indigenous representatives highlighted the disconnect between global development policy and how it is implemented in their communities. “We are concerned that, while the Millennium Development Goals have been established for some time now, we see government agencies instituting and implementing projects, and indigenous people [still] not involved in deciding, planning or monitoring these interventions,” says Pablo Mis, a member of the Q’eqchi Maya people from southern Belize and coordinator for the Maya Leaders Alliance. Informed consent is the key to healing this rift, Mis says. Read the article …