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10 Things We All Should Know About Indigenous People

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. To mark the occasion, the President of the UN General Assembly has convened a high-level event to take stock of progress and discuss what more needs to be done. It’s a good time for all of us to consider why it’s important to protect indigenous peoples’ rights. Here are 10 things we all should know about indigenous people. 1. WHEREVER WE LIVE, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ARE OUR NEIGHBOURS. There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. Indigenous communities are present in all geographic regions and represent 5,000 different cultures. 2. INDIGENOUS PEOPLE SPEAK AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE WORLD’S 7,000 LANGUAGES. Indigenous languages ...

Protecting Our Planet’s Lungs

By UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN CLIMATE CHANGE, INDIGENOUS & RAINFOREST The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) initiativeis a partnership between FAO, UNDP and UNEP. “We cannot live without our land,” says Cirila Tete, an indigenous leader living in the last refuge of the Harakmbut Amazonian people: the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve. As a member of Boca Isiriwe, one of the 10 native communities in this protected territory, Cirila defends the largest, most intact primary forest in Peru’s Southern Amazon region. The area is the source of livelihoods for more than 1,700 indigenous people, and Cirila is one of its stewards, protecting it from the ravages of mining and illegal logging. Because they breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, t...

Learning Human Development – A New Course and Other Resources

To encourage people all over the world to learn more about human development the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) at the United Nations Development Programme has created an introductory course to Human Development Theory, delivered in a scripted PowerPoint presentation in three languages: English, French and Spanish. The course is FREE to download and can be used by everybody, from students and teachers to policy makers and member of civil society organisations. It provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the human development approach, its measurement and its use in policy making. The course – which typically takes about 4 hours to teach – covers a range of aspects, including a practical introduction to the human development approach, comparisons to other methods o...

What is Human Development and Why Should We Learn About It?

In 1990 the first Human Development Report introduced a new approach for advancing human wellbeing. Human development – or the human development approach – is about expanding the richness of human life, rather than simply the richness of the economy in which human beings live. It is an approach that is focused on people and their opportunities and choices. For more information see here. The human development approach is relevant to countries at all stages of development. Learning about it can help understand the social, environmental and economic challenges faced by a society and the actions needed to address them.

Can We Get Involved?

Yes, there are lots of way to get involved in learning about – and teaching – human development. This forum has been developed by the Human Development Report Office to promote learning, discussion and sharing of resources.  Not only do we encourage you to use the material on the site, but we would like to hear from you on your experiences and encourage you to share other resources with the community that can be used to learn more about human development. Please register with this website to take part in our worldwide forum. You can get in touch via our main website where you can subscribe to our RSS feed or sign up to our Human Development Today Newsletter. You can join our social networks Twitter: @HDRUNPD Facebook: @HumanDevelopmentReport Linkedin: Human Development Report Office –...

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