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World Conference 2014

World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

22-23 September 2014, United Nations 


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Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.

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Expert Group Meeting: Dialogue on an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

27-29 January 2015
UN Headquarters, New York

The Expert Group Meeting on the theme "Dialogue on an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples" is being organized following a decision by the Economic and Social Council. For more information on the Expert Group Meeting, click here.

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Fourteenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  20 April to 1 May 2015
UN Headquarters, New York

 

Call for applications for the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples to attend the fourteenth session of the Permanent Forum is open. The deadline to submit applications is 1 November 2014.

For more information, click here.

 

 

ALTA, NORWAY, 12 June — Indigenous peoples from around the world today issued a common position for the high-level plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, also known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to be held at New York Headquarters from 22 to 23 September 2014.

The “Alta Outcome Document” is a set of recommendations adopted by the Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference in Alta, Norway.  Indigenous peoples from the seven regions of the world — Asia; Africa; North America; Central and South America and the Caribbean; Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; the Arctic; and the Pacific, as well as the Indigenous Women and Youth Caucuses — gathered in Alta at a global meeting organized by the Saami Parliament of Norway.

“This is a crucial step leading up to the World Conference,” said Paul Kanyinke Sena, Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.  “By formulating a common position, indigenous peoples have given their voices added strength and relevance in the dialogues that will make up the World Conference.”

Around 600 delegates and observers attended the preparatory conference, including members of the Permanent Forum, led by Mr. Sena, the Expert Mechanism and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Also present were Luis Alfonso de Alba, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations in New York, and John B. Henriksen, international representative of the Saami Parliament, both of whom were appointed by the President of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly to conduct consultations with Member States on his behalf.

The delegates identified, as concrete recommendations for inclusion in the final outcome document of the World Conference, four overarching themes that capture their priorities:  indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources; United Nations action for the implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples; implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples; and indigenous peoples’ priorities for development, including the right to free, prior and informed consent.

The Permanent Forum, at its recently concluded twelfth session (20-31 May) at Headquarters, conducted a day-long discussion on the World Conference, reaffirming the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the normative framework for the World Conference, and reiterating as fundamental the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in that event.

For media queries, including interviews with United Nations officials and indigenous representatives, please contact Martina Volpe Donlon, Department of Public Information, at tel.:  +1 212 963 6816; or e-mail:  donlon@un.org.

To contact the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, please get in touch with Nilla Bernardi, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, at tel..:  +1 212 963 8379; or e-mail:  bernardi@un.org.

For more information on the preparatory meeting in Alta, Norway, please see www.wcip2014.org, or the website of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, at http://social.un.org/IndigenousPeoples.aspx.

Source: UN

 

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