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Indigenous People - Press Conference

Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Indigenous People - Press Conference

Mr. James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, who presented his report to the General Assembly's Third Committee, discussed his recently completed two-week fact finding mission to Canada, as well as follow up on reports made earlier this year on Namibia, El Salvador, extractive industries, and the situation of indigenous peoples in Asia -- a region where most countries do not recognize the term “indigenous” while there remain millions of people who continue to practice traditional livelihoods, speak different languages and remain marginalized from mainstream societies.

Mr. Paul Kanyinke Sena, Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and Ms. Myrna Cunningham, Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues are at UN Headquarters in New York to prepare for next year’s High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, which provides a unique opportunity to address the situation of indigenous peoples, who continue to suffer human rights violations as well as high poverty rates, low educational outcomes and poor access to healthcare.

The World Conference will address themes such as self determination, indigenous peoples’ own visions for development and the post-2015 development agenda. It will also be an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of a full and effective implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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