UN / INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

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Today’s marking of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples aims to highlight the situation of indigenous peoples who have been forced to migrate due to climate change, violence and conflict, or have been displaced by authorities without their consent. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 09 AUGUST 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

09 AUGUST 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, ECOSOC chambers
3. Med shot, dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations:
“Migration offers some opportunities for indigenous peoples such as peace and security and better social services, but it also has challenges. The current reality for many indigenous peoples who have migrated is poverty, little or no access to education, employment or other social services, as well as human trafficking, gang-related and other violence.”
5. Wide shot, Rosa Montezuma at the podium
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Rosa Montezuma, Miss Panama 2018:
“Indigenous people, we migrate. We moved from the country to the city motivated by a wide variety of social phenomena. Sometimes convinced that opportunities are in urban areas, especially for the young, and many other times because we are forced to abandon our communities where social and economic inequities persist.”
7. Wide shot, Montezuma walks away
8. Wide shot, press conference dais
9. Med shot, journalist
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Juan, Co-founder of the Tohono O'odham Hemajkam Rights Network:
“We were there historically, we’ve been there culturally before the United States was the United States, before Mexico was Mexico we were there. And we’ve always had the tradition of migrating across our land with other people, trading seeds, trading food, trading songs, trading stories and having that overall connection on the land.”
11. Med shot, camera operator
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:
“Indigenous peoples in this situation find themselves in townships in the area where they migrate. For example, the Tuareg from Niger when they go to the big cities in West Africa they find themselves as beggars.”
13. Med shot, journalists
14. Wide shot, end of presser

STORYLINE:

Today’s marking of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples aims to highlight the situation of indigenous peoples who have been forced to migrate due to climate change, violence and conflict, or have been displaced by authorities without their consent.

Addressing a meeting to mark the Day, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Liu Zhenmin, today (9 Aug) said “migration offers some opportunities for indigenous peoples such as peace and security and better social services, but it also has challenges. The current reality for many indigenous peoples who have migrated is poverty, little or no access to education, employment or other social services, as well as human trafficking, gang-related and other violence.”

Also at the meeting, Miss Panama 2018, Rosa Montezuma, who belongs to the ngäbe-buglé people said, “indigenous people, we migrate. We moved from the country to the city motivated by a wide variety of social phenomena. Sometimes convinced that opportunities are in urban areas, especially for the young, and many other times because we are forced to abandon our communities where social and economic inequities persist.”

At an earlier press encounter, the co-founder of the Tohono O'odham Hemajkam Rights Network, Amy Juan, said “we were there historically, we’ve been there culturally before the United States was the United States, before Mexico was Mexico we were there. And we’ve always had the tradition of migrating across our land with other people, trading seeds, trading food, trading songs, trading stories and having that overall connection on the land.”

The Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, from Mali, said, “indigenous peoples in this situation find themselves in townships in the area where they migrate. For example, the Tuareg from Niger when they go to the big cities in West Africa they find themselves as beggars.”

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. Although they make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, they account for 15 per cent of the world’s poorest.

Indigenous peoples are increasingly being impacted by development and conflict, and often have to move away from their ancestral lands and territories.

Despite the widespread assumption that indigenous peoples live overwhelmingly in rural territories, the current reality is that sprawling urban areas are now home to a significant proportion of indigenous populations.
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