United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

How to Participate

UNPFII 13th Session

Thirteenth Session of the Permanent Forum

12-23 May 2014
Trusteeship Council Chamber
UN Headquarters, New York
Special Theme:
“Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles 3 to 6 and 46”

In keeping with the resolution 2000/22, indigenous peoples’ organizations (IPOs) and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in consultative status with ECOSOC may be accredited to attend sessions of the Permanent Forum as observers. Based on past practice at the Working Group on Indigenous Populations, academic institutions may also be permitted to attend. The Permanent Forum has also agreed that indigenous parliamentarians and national human rights institutions may be invited to attend.
The Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII) works together with the Civil Society and Outreach Unit of the Division of Social Policy and Development in the pre-accreditation process.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION (Please read carefully):

Please note that you must be pre-registered and be in possession of your confirmation letter to enter UN headquarters. Each representative must print his/her own letter and present it at the gate (at 1st Avenue and 47th Street) to enter the UN. If you have not printed your confirmation letter or forget to bring it, you will not be allowed to enter the UN or have access to the registration desk.

Due to limited space to United Nations Headquarters, non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC will be accredited on the basis of their experience and demonstrated commitment to working with and for indigenous peoples on matters directly affecting the work and mandate of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


NEW organizations:
 Pre-registration is now: CLOSED

Organizations which have previously participated:
Pre-registration is: OPEN
Deadline: 30 April 2014


Please note that each organization is responsible for the pre-registration of their individual representatives. Once an IPO (Indigenous Peoples Organization) or NGO representative has been pre-registered, a confirmation letter can be downloaded and printed for her/him from the same webpage. Each representative must print out this letter and present it to the gate in order to gain access to UN Headquarters.  If you do not print out your confirmation letter or forget to bring it, you will not be able to enter UN premises.  Due to limited space at UN Headquarters, Non-Governmental organizations with ECOSOC status will be accredited based on their demonstrated experience and commitment to working with, and for indigenous peoples, on issues that are directly relevant to the work and mandate of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. 

For NGOs with ECOSOC Status, Indigenous Peoples Organizations  (IPOs) and Academics that have participated at previous sessions of the Permanent Forum:

To participate at the 13th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:

1. Update your contact details at:

2. Pre-register by: 30 April 2014:

3. Forgot login details? (username and password):

For New IPOs and Academics participating for the first time at a session of the Permanent Forum:

Deadline for online application for approval: 15 April 2014.

More information: Participation Guide for New NGOs and Academics (http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/ngo/docs/2014/unpfii-participation-guide-en.pdf) Please note: The approval process may take up to two weeks.

For New IPOs, please visit the following website:

For New Academics, please visit the following website:

On-site registration  

  • Upon arrival at the United Nations, each pre-registered NGO and IPO representative must present their confirmation letter to the gate on 47th street and 1st Avenue in order to enter the UN complex and proceed to the registration desk to obtain a grounds pass. Please remember that in order to register on site and gain access to the UN complex you must have already pre-registered online and be in posession of your confirmation letter. 
  • Make sure to bring a photo identification document in addtion to your confirmation letter in order to obtain a UN grounds-pass.
  • It should be noted that for security reasons, only official documents (passports, state-issued driver’s license and similar documents), issued by recognized authorities are accepted. No other documents will be accepted.  

Due to the ongoing renovations at UN Headquarters, all participants will have access to the UN premises through the Temporary Visitor’s Entrance (1st Avenue and East 47th Street).   

The time and dates of in-person registration will be posted in this space soon.

National Human Rights Institutions:

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) meeting the following criteria may attend the Thirteenth Session of the UNPFII as observers:

  • Those institutions which are accredited by the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) as in compliance with the Paris Principles ("A status" institutions);
  • The ICC as the representative body of NHRIs globally;
  • Regional coordinating committees of NHRIs, speaking on behalf of "a status” institution, in line with the strict criteria agreed upon by the ICC at its 19th session in March 2007.

Those bodies meeting these criteria that wish to participate as observers at the Thirteenth Session of the UNPFII should send a letter of request by email before 30 April 2014.

The accreditation request should:

  • be submitted on official letterhead;
  • be signed by the President or main representative of the NHRI;
  • indicate the first name and family name of the person(s) who will represent the NHRI at the thirteenth session of the UNPFII (NB: names must appear exactly as they appear on the person’s ID document and family names must be capitalized).

Accreditation request letters should sent to Mr. Broddi Sigurdarson at: sigurdarson@un.org


Intergovermental Organizations:

Intergovernmental Organizations are requested to inform the Protocol and Liaison Service about the forthcoming arrival of participants who will attend meetings of United Nations organs at Headquarters by filling out an SG.6 form (Please fill in all the blanks except the last box "For Protocol Use only" ).  
The form must be signed by the head of chancery or the administrative officer and sent together with a covering letter addressed to the Chief of Protocol.

Chief of Protocol :
Mr. Yoon Yeocheol
Fax: 1-212-963-1921

The Protocol and Liaison Service will authorize United Nations building pass applications which may be collected from the United Nations Pass and ID Unit, (UNITAR building, 45th Street and 1st Avenue, New York, NY) for processing. If the name and photograph of a delegate is already in the computer system of the Pass and ID Unit,
his/her pass may be collected by a representative of the Mission in the absence of the delegate.

The contact person in the Protocol Office is Ms. Wai Tak Chua, email <chauw@un.org>.

For more information, please visit the official website of the UN Protocol Service. http://www.un.int/protocol/accred_meetings.html


Provisional Agenda:

1. Election of officers.
2. Adoption of the agenda and organization of work.
3. Special theme: “Principles of good governance consistent with the
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles
3 to 6 and 46”.
4. Human rights:
(a) Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples;
(b) Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous
5. Half-day discussion on the Asian region.
6. Half-day discussion on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
7. Ongoing priorities and themes and follow-up:
(a) Indigenous children;
(b) Indigenous youth;
(c) Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People;
(d) Post-2015 development agenda.
8. Comprehensive dialogue with United Nations agencies and funds.
9. Future work of the Permanent Forum, including emerging issues.
10. Draft agenda for the fourteenth session of the Permanent Forum.
11. Adoption of the report of the Permanent Forum on its thirteenth session.

Proposed Organization of Work:

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