9th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) with the theme “Indigenous peoples: development with culture and identity; articles 3 and 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” will take place between 19-30 April in New York.
The UNPFII meets for 10 days each year and is high-level advisory body that deals with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights.
In addition to these six areas, each session has thematically focused on a specific issue. During the Forum’s first six sessions, a specific theme was discussed each year. Since the sixth session, the forum has decided on a bi-annual working method of one year of policy discussion and the second year dealing with implementation. The implementation sessions do not have a theme.
The Provisional Agenda of the upcoming session will include a discussion on the special theme for this year, the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and a half-day discussion on North America.
This year’s session will also focus on a comprehensive dialogue with six United Nations agencies and funds, future work of the Permanent Forum including issues of the Economic and Social Council and emerging issues, a draft agenda for the 10th session of the Permanent Forum and adoption of the report of the Permanent Forum on its 9th session.
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