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World indigenous Forum to Bring Together Largest Community of Investors and Indigenous Communities- $3.3 trillion global market opportunity
13th January 2021, GMT: Investors and economists from around the world will meet this week at a virtual forum focused on unleashing the economic power of the world’s indigenous population, estimated to be worth in the region of $3.3 trillion to global GDP*.
The World Indigenous Forum will take place 13th – 14th January and will be attended by over 15,000 people from both the indigenous business communities and a mixture of personal, ethical and corporate investors. The meeting will also be attended by hundreds of NGO (Non Governmental Organisations), civil servants and policy makers, all interested in the economic potential of the indigenous world.
Lord Hastings and Astronaut John Herrington to Headline World indigenous Forum
13-14 January, 10:30 GMT: ESG and impact investment leader, Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, and Dr John Herrington, former NASA Astronaut and Chairman of the Board, American Indian Institute for Innovation, will present the two keynote speeches on day one and two of the World Indigenous Forum in January 2021.
The two speakers will represent both the very best in indigenous innovation and expertise, and ethical investment as part of a conference programme that will provide the backdrop to business conversations that the event hopes will unlock some $3.3 trillion of global growth from indigenous business.
World indigenous Forum to Convene ‘Council of 90’ Indigenous Leaders from Across the World
Senior representatives from the 90 countries established as having an indigenous population, will convene ahead of the World Indigenous Forum later this month (13th – 14th January). The meeting will be the first time every indigenous population is represented as part of an action-orientated council that will collaborate on a single a manifesto around economic development, indigenous rights, land rights and climate.
As part of the creation of the Council of 90, members will be taken through a series of workshops to understand the common and collective needs of indigenous communities. From these discussions, the manifesto will be created and delivered to the United Nations, as well as other governing bodies around the world, as a true representation of the desires of indigenous peoples.
The World Indigenous Forum is Moving: 13-14 January 2021 - A message from our Chairwoman
The demand for this event has been truly unprecedented. Since we launched in the summer, we have surmounted over 6,000 pre-registered delegates, more than any event of this kind has ever been able to accumulate. And the numbers keep growing.
Unfortunately, this has come with its own set of challenges. Just like a live event, our digital platform has a limit on the amount of people it can accommodate (frankly before it crashes). We’ve also had an amazing response from exhibitors and sponsors, all of whom we’re keen to support in the best way possible. So, given the astonishing levels of participation we’re looking at, we’ve made the difficult, but exciting, decision to enlarge the platform. This means pushing the event back to 13th and 14th January.
In response to the recent announcements from the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute (ILDI)
Unfortunately, however, we are aware that the ILDI has withdrawn its support for the event, this is of course a shame. It was an event we were in the final process of procuring from the ILDI, and their late withdrawal from the agreement was both a shock and a disappointment.
We understand that the ILDI will be running its own event next year, and we wish them the very best of luck. In the meantime, the World Indigenous Forum will be taking place 13th to the 14th of January 2021.
The Indigenous World 2021 Report
The Indigenous World 2021 Report is an insightful piece of research published by IWGIA. This annual report is the go-to reference for updates on the rights and experiences of Indigenous Peoples.
The 34th edition includes a special focus on climate change – as rising temperatures, unpredictable weather and shifting climate patterns, coupled with a global insatiable land rush, are increasingly straining the lands Indigenous Peoples have traditionally been caring for and defending.
IWGIA is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Blueprints supports this mission through ethical investment model and by raising awareness.
WIF Recognises Indigenous Peoples Day
12th October 2020
Today, we recognise Indigenous Peoples Day, one of a growing and welcomed number of days that celebrate not only the existence of indigenous cultures, but also their sizeable contribution to society.
The creation of Indigenous Peoples Day on the same day as Columbus Day is just one example of the growing recognition of both the suffering, and the misunderstanding, of indigenous cultures’ history.
We feel it critical to our mission to recognise this history and look to understand the chequered relationship between indigenous cultures and the rest of the world, as we look to unite them for mutual value.
Virtual Events Institute and WIF Announce Skills Partnership
23rd October 2020
The Virtual Events Institute and The World Indigenous Forum have announced a strategic partnership to help deliver training and certification in virtual events to a cohort of indigenous business owners and marketing agencies globally.
Virtual Events Institute CEO Sophie Ahmed, commented, “The Virtual Events Institute is delighted to support the Forum and indigenous businesses globally.
Our online learning tools and certification will help indigenous marketers and event professionals take full advantage of the opportunities of virtual events and we are proud to be working with WIF.”