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The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations Economic and Social Council

July 18, 2018

Indigenous Group: Assembly of First Nations

Business: Member states of the United Nations

Issue: This is the main forum to ensure States are accountable for commitments in the 2030 Agenda, which includes 17 sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations.

Comment: in September 2015. Treaty 6 Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild spoke to the work Canada must undertake with First Nations to meet international sustainable development goals, including respecting Canada’s international human rights commitments and obligations to Indigenous peoples

Last Update: July 18, 2018: Assembly of First Nations – “First Nations priorities and perspectives were not included in the development of either the Millennium Development Goals or the successor Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Declaration should be the framework for measurement, in collaboration with First Nations on a nation-to-nation basis to ensure sustainable development goals contribute to First Nations’ own priorities for sustainable development and do not negatively affect our rights and priorities respecting development.”