UN Indigenous Forum Enters 2nd Week

United Nations, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues entered its second week after a long debate on the reality of those communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  The unequal development and persistent social and economic gap affecting indigenous peoples were the focus of discussion during a session of the forum dedicated to regional problems.

Some 1,300 delegates are participating in the forum, representing 370 million indigenous people worldwide.

One of the first to address the situation was the Guayana minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai, who warned about critical social and economic differences that divide indigenous peoples from other social groups.

The minister considered the current geopolitical, economic, and social situation in Latin America and the Caribbean facilitates the government efforts to increase investments for indigenous education and training.

In this sense, Sukhai called for using the UN Permanent Forum for sharing success stores and act with a more strategic sense in analyzing problems that affect the indigenous communities.

The regional director of Latin America and the Caribbean for the UN Development Program, Heraldo Muñoz, urged the use of the tax funds for creating social programs that can end inter-generational poverty and inequality.

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