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UNAMA/Shafiqullah Waak

News in Brief 23 August 2021

  • WHO and UNICEF call for humanitarian air bridge in Afghanistan
  • Brazil’s Supreme Court must uphold indigenous land rights – UN expert
  • Refugee Para athletes prepare for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
PAHO/Karen González Abril

News in Brief 24 September 2020

  • UN chief’s concern for mariners’ ‘humanitarian and safety’ crisis  

  • Flooding adds new danger to communities fleeing Sahel violence 

  • Colombia’s indigenous peoples ‘on threshold of genocide’ 


Families from Cotzal Quiché weave typical costumes as part of a project supported by UN Guatemala.
UN Guatemala/Hector Delgado

‘Wisdom’ of Guatemala’s indigenous people needed for sustainable development: A UN Resident Coordinator blog

The wisdom and knowledge of indigenous people in Guatemala is central to the realization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, targets agreed by countries around the world to end poverty, maintain peace and preserve the health of the planet. In this blog, the UN Resident Coordinator in Guatemala Rebeca Arias Flores explains how sustainable development is not new, but simply a new name that draws on ancient wisdom that is renewed with each generation of indigenous people.