United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

How to Participate

UNPFII 13th Session

Thirteenth Session of the Permanent Forum

12-23 May 2014
Temporary General Assembly Hall
(North Lawn Building)

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 all IPO and NGO representatives must be pre-registered and bring their individual non-transferrable Letter of Confirmation to UN Headquarters. Each representative must present their Letter of Confirmation at the UN entrance gate at 1st Avenue and 47th Street. NB: Without the above Letter of Confirmation, IPO and NGO representatives will not be allowed to enter the UN Headquarters complex or have access to the registration desk.
Due to limited space at UN 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.


 Pre-registration is now: CLOSED

On-site registration  

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).  

  • Upon arrival at the United Nations, each pre-registered NGO and IPO representative must present his/her Letter of Confirmation 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 bring your printed Letter of Confirmation. 
  • Make sure to bring a photo identification document in addtion to your Letter of Confirmation in order to obtain a UN grounds-pass.
  • 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.  


To view/print your confirmation letter: click here

To update your organization's profile: click here

Registration Times:

Sunday, 11 May: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, 12 May: 8.30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday 13 May: 9.00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday 14 May and for the remainder of the Permanent Forum: 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

***Please note: The Registration Desk will close each day from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m..

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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