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Local Knowledge, Global Goals
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris | 2017 | 46 p.
Corporate author: 
UNESCO; Japanese Funds-In-Trust for UNESCO (JFIT); Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
© UNESCO 2017

Local and indigenous knowledge refers to the understandings, skills and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings. For rural and indigenous peoples, local knowledge informs decision-making about fundamental aspects of day-to-day life. This knowledge is integral to a cultural complex that also encompasses language, systems of classification, resource use practices, social interactions, rituals and spirituality. These unique ways of knowing are important components of the world’s cultural diversity, and contribute to the achievement of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement.


Resource Type: 
Programme reports and evaluations
Cultural literacy / Intercultural / Cross-cultural / Multi-cultural
Inclusive / Diversity
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental
Level of education: 
Primary education
Secondary education


Indigenous peoples; Indigenous knowledge; Sustainable development; Diversity; Climate change