Inclusion of indigenous people in post-2015 development agenda urged

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Member States of the United Nations have been urged to make sure that the post-2015 development agenda takes into account the rights of indigenous peoples.

The appeal was made by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at the start of the 14th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Monday.

Mr Eliasson said now is the time for indigenous peoples to be at the forefront of a transformative agenda that leaves no one behind.

Stephanie Coutrix, reports.

This year, the Permanent Forum will focus on the economic, social and cultural rights of indigenous peoples.

Jan Eliasson said the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirms their rights to health, education, clean drinking water and sanitation.

It also underlines that these services must be provided in ways that are culturally appropriate and take into account indigenous peoples' ways of life, Mr. Eliasson added.

 "I call on Member States to make sure the post-2015 development agenda includes the situation and rights of indigenous peoples.  Now is the time for indigenous peoples to be at the forefront of a transformative agenda that leaves no one behind." (15")

The UN Deputy Secretary-General pointed out that 2015 is a critical year for the United Nations which marks its 70th anniversary.

He said the future well-being of the world's indigenous peoples is a crucial part of this critical year.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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