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Indigenous Knowledge Research Infrastructure - IKRI:
A Novel STI Solution to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The “Global Research Initiative and Knowledge Repository” called the “Indigenous Knowledge Research Infrastructure (IKRI)”, that uses frontier technologies to develop a digital infrastructure, to capture, process, analyze, and present indigenous knowledge from multiple sources, is a unique and novel tool being developed to drive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and get back on track to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, contributing to the theme of 2022 Multi-stakeholder Forum on STI.

This digital infrastructure initiative includes a "Technology-Based Repository", which was conceptualized as part of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit process, with the collective efforts led by CANEUS, FILAC and UNOOSA together with FAO, IFAD, UN-DESA, and global stakeholders representing both Indigenous and scientific communities, as well those with stake in the implementation of SDGs.


Simultaneous interpretation provided in English and Spanish


May 4, 2022,

10:30 – 12:00 EST (NY)


This event aims to address the technical and policy issues for the design, development, and implementation of this global partnership’s collaborative effort.

The key objectives include:

  1. Understanding interests and the requirement of key IKRI stakeholders
  2. Defining technical aspects of IKRI such as data components, ways to tap into existing scattered data from the public/private domain and approaches to collect data
  3. Assessing the technologies and tools to tap into existing scattered data from the public/private domain, and approaches to collect data from primary sources
  4. Examining policy and regulatory aspects of IKRI focusing on intellectual property rights related to indigenous knowledge
  5. Exploring financial aspects for initial phase covering series of IKRI brainstorming meetings and outreach in various sub-regions in all continents to create the global support network



This interactive, innovative, and impact-focused event will include moderated panel discussion, demonstration of use cases and experiences, and quick polls, organized with the collective efforts of multi-stakeholder organizing team, representing global networks, Intergovernmental Organization, Local Governments, United Nations system entities, Academic Institutions, and Member States representing Friends of Indigenous Peoples.

It will be held in a virtual format using multi-lingual Zoom platform (English and Spanish simultaneous interpretation).

Setting the Stage and Raison d'être:

Indigenous Knowledge Research Infrastructure (IKRI): A tool to achieve the SDG’s

  • Background and need of IKRI to achieve SDG’s
  • Motivation & Relevance of IKRI to Indigenous Peoples Priorities
  • Objectives, Goals, Scope, and Expected outcomes
  • Conceptualization of IKRI covering design, development & operational phases
Dr. Milind Pimprikar, Chairman, CANEUS
  • Dr Mirna Cunningham, Vice-Chair, FILAC, Spokesperson for “UN SDG 10”
  • Mr. Gabriel Muyuy Jacanamejoy, FILAC Technical Secretary
  • Dr. Milind Pimprikar, Chairman, CANEUS
  • Dr. Shirish Ravan, Head, UN-SPIDER Beijing Office, UNOOSA

Challenges, Opportunities and Potential STI Solutions for design, development, and operationalization of IKRI

  • The technologies and tools, approaches to collect data, and preliminary architecture of the digital research infrastructure
  • AI-driven solutions for capturing, processing, analyzing, and presenting indigenous knowledge from multiple sources
  • Objectives, Goals, Scope, and Expected outcomes
  • Proposed Systems Study and its key components
Dr. Shirish Ravan, UNOOSA
  • Mr. Randall Trevino, Senior Advisor, ITU Regional Office for the Americas
  • Ms. Davar Ardalan, Founder and Storyteller in Chief of IVOW and Executive Producer at National Geographic
  • Mr. Tracy Monteith, Eastern Band Cherokee and Senior software engineer, Microsoft
  • Prof. Dr Stephanie Russo Carroll, Ahtna/Native Village of Kluti-Kaah, University of Arizona, Director, Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance , Chair, GIDA Global Indigenous Data Alliance
  • Dr Manoj Khare, Senior Director, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India

Quick Poll inviting participants input, and Q&A


Outcome and next steps: Summary of proposed IKRI conceptualization phases

Milind Pimprikar, Chairman, CANEUS
  • Gabriel Muyuy Jacanamejoy, FILAC
  • Shirish Ravan, UNOOSA


Organizing Partners