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On September 13, 2007, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly. This decision comes as a result of more than twenty years of work by indigenous peoples and the United Nations system.


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.

Thirteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

12-23 May 2014
 Trusteeship Council Chamber
United Nations 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”

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NEW  In the interest of reducing the carbon footprint of the organization, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will once again be "PaperSmart" for the 13th Session. The information about the meetings will be available in various digital formats - through an e-Portal - with print-on-demand services in meetings rooms.

What does this mean?

1) We will not have any documents available in the conference room during the Permanent Forum sessions.
2) All documents will be available electronically in all six official UN languages;
3) Participants will be able to email any document or statement to themselves from the PaperSmart portal. No log-in will be required to access the PaperSmart portal. If you would like to have a hard copy, you can request a printed version from conference services or the PaperSmart portal, in any of the six official UN languages. Participants attending the meeting are encouraged to carry their laptops, tablets or mobile devices to the meeting to access the meeting information and documents electronically.

This will greatly reduce the amount of paper, without causing inconvenience to those who need printed copies of the documents. Click here to access the PaperSmart Portal.




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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