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Indigenous Peoples

There are more than 370 million Indigenous peoples living in some 90 countries who constitute 15 percent of the world’s poor, and one third of the 900 million people living in extreme poverty. Indigenous peoples live in some of the world's most resource rich areas, but their own forms of conservation have been historically undervalued.

UNDP continues its work and engagement with indigenous peoples, grounded in its overall vision to assist countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion. These efforts are guided by the international human rights standards and principles, and particularly the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). To further implementation of UNDRIP, UNDP works together with ILO, OHCHR, UNESCO, UNFPA, and UNICEF through the United Nations Indigenous Peoples Partnership.

UNDP is committed to implementing the UN’s System-Wide Action Plan on Indigenous Peoples, and furthering Indigenous Peoples' rights through the 2030 Agenda. Additionally, UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards help to ensure that our projects protect and foster full respect for human rights of Indigenous Peoples, including Free and Prior Informed Consent.

UNDP supports capacity building of indigenous organizations, through programmes like the Equator Initiative, and indigenous peoples’ access to justice. UNDP also partners with UN entities to advance this agenda, including through the Global Environment Fund and the UN Redd programme. See UNDP’s latest report to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for more information about this area of work.

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