Expert Dialogue MDG7, 8 April 2010, The Hague
Challenges in achieving sustainable livelihoods (MDG7) in relation to reducing poverty (MDG1) for indigenous peoples
Most indigenous peoples today still have a way of life, which is closely connected to and dependent on their natural environment. Access to their land and resources is therefore essential for their survival and well being. However, the increased exploitation of the Earth’s resources leads to more pressures on indigenous peoples’ territories, and often results in the loss of their land and resources and increased poverty. Given this close link between poverty and the loss of land and natural resources, realizing MDG7 (ensuring a sustainable livelihood) is of particular relevance to realize poverty reduction (MDG1) for indigenous peoples. The overall focus of the dialogue will therefore be on the challenges in achieving sustainable livelihoods (MDG7) in relation to reducing poverty (MDG1) for indigenous peoples.