Despite many of the successes of the MDGs, they have not managed to fully address the values and principles outlined in the Millennium Declaration, particularly in relation to human rights and equality. Addressing inequalities in the post-2015 development agenda means looking at both equality of opportunities and outcomes (or lack thereof), and entrenched structural factors, that perpetuate various forms of inequalities such as discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, age, location, etc.
In the latest report of the State of the World’s Ingenious Peoples, it is noted that, “Indigenous peoples face systemic discrimination and exclusion from political and economic power; they continue to be over-represented among the poorest, the illiterate, the destitute; they are displaced by wars and environmental disasters; indigenous peoples are dispossessed of their ancestral lands and deprived of their resources for survival, both physical and cultural; they are even robbed of their very right to life.” It is therefore critical that the rights and needs of indigenous peoples are discussed and addressed in the next development agenda.
The e-discussion on Inequalities and Indigenous Peoples in the Post-2015 Development Agenda begins on 27 November and will continue for three weeks. It is the sixth in the series of discussions, and aims to galvanize dialogue and discussion in framing the post-2015 agenda. This discussion on Indigenous Peoples is co-moderated by UNICEF and the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII).
The online platform for the e-discussion on addressing inequalities was launched at the beginning of October with the first discussion focusing on gender inequality, followed by a discussion on gender-based violence on 17 October. The website http://www.worldwewant2015.org/inequalities is open to the public, following a simple registration process.
The e-discussions are a series of time-bound, moderated dialogues designed to seek the views of a broad range of stakeholders including governments, UN and other development agencies, civil society, philanthropic organizations, the private sector, and most importantly, the general public. The recommendations emerging from the e-discussions will be part of a synthesis report that will be presented to a high-level meeting in Denmark in February 2013 on Inequalities. The report will also be provided to the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda appointed by the UN Secretary-General.
To participate, representatives of civil society, academia, the UN, governments, the private sector and others are invited to visit the discussion forum at: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/inequalities to follow the discussion and post a response. The site is available in English, French and Spanish and contributions are welcomed in any of the sixty languages supported by Google Translate. For those unable to access the site, replies may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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