Each year the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Social Policy and Development Indigenous Peoples (SPFII) organizes an international expert group meeting (EGM) on a theme that is proposed by the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and endorsed by the Economic and Social Council. EGMs are frequently organized by the UN to bring together external expertise to explore state-of-the-art research and analysis, identify good practices and lessons learned and develop independent policy recommendations on a particular theme. 

On January 23-25, 2018, the United Nation International Expert Group held a meeting on sustainable development in territories of indigenous peoples (Article 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples). One of the presentations was by Professor Elifuraha I. Laltaika (Tanzania) and Professor Kelly Askew (ASC Director). Their paper entitled, "Modes of Dispossession of Indigenous Lands and Territories in Africa," aimed to describe and analyze the five identified modes of land and resources dispossession experience by indigenous African communities and to propose collaborative initiatives.

Click here to learn more about the UN international expert group meeting and access the presentation papers. 

Click here to view photos from the meeting.