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Utilizing the UN Human Rights Machinery and Sustainable Development Goals Movement for Climate Justice on Indigenous Homelands

  • Aeroport de Paris-Le Bourget 180 Esplanade de l’Air et de l’Espace, 93350 Paris France (map)

Organizers: Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights; Oceania Human Rights, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

 The panel will feature activists and advocates focusing on direct action and diplomacy to defend indigenous lands and natural environments from countries and corporations disrespecting mother earth, especially Oceania. The panel will provide roadmap to realize the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through the UN human rights charter and treaty bodies and the potential with the new Sustainable Development Goals and the UN High Level Political Forum annual meetings for monitoring realization of recommendations.  There will also be the world premiere of 17 short videos of each SDG created by Hawai'i youth.

 The event will be highly interactive focusing on providing toolkits to assist indigenous peoples to return home and defend fundamental freedoms.  There will also be exchange of new videos created by future generation sharing their perspective on new Sustainable Development Goals that is a model for indigenous peoples to create films that challenge and contest the new post 2015 agenda while also creating indigenous voices perspectives on essential actions to save our earth.


  • Joshua Cooper, Director, Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights
  • Jenica Wright, Women's Rights, Oceania Human Rights
  • Nicola Barrach-Yousefi, Senior Advisor, Civic Initiatives, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

Location: Indigenous Peoples Pavilion (Auditorium) 

Contact: Joshua Cooper,

 Languages: English/French

Earlier Event: December 11
Protecting the Arctic
Later Event: December 11
Kisilu: The Climate Diaries