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UNPFII Twentieth Session side-event: SDG 16 and Indigenous Peoples’ collective right.

On the occasion of the 20th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples Issues (UNPFII) dedicated to “Peace, justice and strong institutions: the role of indigenous peoples in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16”, the Development Law Service and the Indigenous Peoples Unit of FAO jointly organized a side event that took place on April 21st, 2021 on FAO’s role in contributing to achieving peace and justice for indigenous peoples.

This side-event took place in the context of a rise in the criminalization and killings of indigenous peoples worldwide and those defending their rights to land, territories, and natural resources as part of their livelihoods and subsistence. Evidence suggests that criminalization of indigenous peoples is inextricably correlated to the lack of indigenous peoples’ security of land tenure resulting in forced displacement and denial of their rights.

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