Oumarou Ibrahim, an activist on behalf of her Mbororo pastoralist community in Chad, gave her clear message to the IUCN World Conservation Congress during an event on the United Nations and the Mobilisation of Indigenous and Local Knowledge.
The thematic event, co-organised by UNESCO’s Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems programme and the Commission for Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, was part of the global quadrennial congress organised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, running from 3 to 11 September 2021 in Marseille, France.
The event was opened by Mechtild Rössler, the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, with two keynote speakers and a round-table with both UN staff and indigenous peoples from diverse parts of the planet. In his keynote address, Ibrahim Thiaw, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention of to Combat Desertification highlighted that indigenous peoples and local communities rely on land and natural resources. Their cultures and their economies rely on the conservation of these resources.