12-13 (Public event) Presentation at Stockholm Resilience Center: SDGs and biodiversity in the mist of interconnected risks: exercising human rights for a thriving future for all

This session will discuss the connection between human rights principles and indigenous environmental governance as  entry points to address the serious risks to biodiversity integrity and indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ rights particularly in Latin America. This emerging economy region with a rich number of biocultural hotspots faces significant risks, which spam from climate change and impacts of extractive industries to cases of violations of the rights of environmental human rights defenders. In the mist of these risks and the challenges to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality, innovative normative developments have emerged in this region at the national levels, such as the recognition of concepts of good life and self-determination in some national legislations inspired by the indigenous peoples’ forms of environmental governance. We will discuss to what extent and how human rights law can be articulated with discussions of governance for a good life for achieving the SDGs. While this session will have a regional focus on Latin America, the interconnected risks are also prevalent in various regions of the world and we hope that the lessons learned highlighted in this session can also contribute to the re-thinking of socio-legal strategies to implement the SDGs globally.

Responsible: Claudia Ituarte-Lima
Venue: Stockholm Resilience Center


18-20 (Public event) Panel debate: Indigenous responses to environmental changes in Latin America

The rapid expansion of the extractive industries worldwide has exacerbated racial inequalities, fomented socio-environmental conflict, and contributed to climate change. Scholars have primarily focused on how indigenous peoples have reacted to these changing circunstances through acts of resistance. However, a new political context has also opened up for the introduction of mechanisms for participation and prior consultations, as well as the achievement of legal title to territory and recognition of degrees of autonomy. This panel debate will shed new light on these challenges and opportunities by analyzing how indigenous communities respond proactively to shape new demands and challenges, assert their socio-ecological related human rights through different types of strategies. These strategies are discussed in terms of ”indigenous environmental governance”. The panel discusses different types of state-led and autonomous participatory instruments, as well as other governance strategies such as “territorial vigilance”. The debate is primarily focused on Latin America, while comparisons are made to experiences of indigenous people in the Nordic countries.

Responsible: Maria-Therese Gustafsson
Venue: Library of the Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University.


10.00-11.30 (Public event) Panel debate: Demands and Representation of Indigenous People in Global Climate Negotiations

Indigenous people are an important part of the environmental justice movement and takes part in global debates and climate negotiations. Indigenous people have participated in putting new governance arrangements into local practice. Some indigenous groups are for instance active proponents of new schemes of for Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and participate in projects for climate mitigation as well as adaptation. In this panel we focuses upon what are the key issues for indigenous people in global climate negotiations. How are they represented and to what extent have they forged alliances with other indigenous groups and parts of the global justice movement?

Responsible: Maria-Therese Gustafsson
Venue: Department of Political Science, Stockholm University.