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Centering Indigenous Rights and Perspectives in the Fight Against Climate Change

When: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Dylan Peterson   (847) 467-2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


According to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, climate change has disproportionately exacerbated many challenges global Indigenous communities face, including political and economic marginalization, loss of land and resources, human rights violations, discrimination, and unemployment. Yet despite these challenges and despite the contributions Indigenous Peoples make towards effective environmental governance, Indigenous voices and perspectives have been historically marginalized in global climate debates and discourse. As climate change continues to threaten the survival of Indigenous communities worldwide, the need to respect and integrate Indigenous contributions to global climate negotiations is critical.

In the next Northwestern Buffett "Building Sustainable Futures: Global Challenges and Possibilities" webinar, Signe Leth, senior advisor at the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, Indigenous Women & Land Rights, Asia program, joins Northwestern University assistant professor of political science Kimberly Marion Suiseeya for a conversation drawing distinct connections between land rights, Indigenous rights, and climate governance to demonstrate the centrality of Indigenous rights in addressing both climate change and advancing justice.

Free and open to the public. This webinar will be available through WebEx at this LINK. Please use the following passcode when accessing: 1234. The talk will begin at 12 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, March 16.

This webinar is part of the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs’ Building Sustainable Futures: Global Challenges and Possibilities series, which focuses on a different United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) each quarter.

This and other Winter 2021 webinars focused on SDG 13: Climate Action are co-sponsored by the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) and sustainNU.

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