New global agenda must not leave indigenous people behind

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon being welcomed in Cochabamba, Bolivia. President Evo Morales is at left. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Indigenous people must not be left behind in the push to achieve a sustainable future for all people and the planet, the UN Secretary-General has said.

Ban Ki-moon is in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, this weekend where he addressed the Peoples World Conference on Climate Change and the Defence of Life which focused on the views of indigenous peoples and those involved in social movements.

There are more than 370 million indigenous peoples living in 90 countries worldwide, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

UNDP says Bolivia has the highest percentage of indigenous people in Latin America.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN Secretary-General said indigenous people are often among the poorest peoples in their countries.

He added that they are also some of the most vulnerable and marginalized people on Earth.

Mr Ban listed challenges facing indigenous populations such as inadequate access to education and housing as well as widespread violence against women.

Last month, world leaders adopted a new global development plan for the next 15 years that seeks to eradicate extreme poverty, promote greater equality and protect the planet.

Mr Ban described Agenda 2030 as a concrete plan for ending poverty everywhere.

He said it also must be implemented in ways that are culturally appropriate in order to meet the needs of indigenous people and their concepts of well-being.

Indigenous peoples, he said, "must not be left behind."

 Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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