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The complete agenda and programme of work of the 68th session of the General Assembly is available on the General Assembly website.

High-level meeting of the General Assembly - the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

22 - 23 September 2014


The General Assembly decided (resolution 65/198 of 21 December 2010) to organize a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to be held in 2014, in order to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including to pursue the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The General Assembly, by its resolution 66/296 of 17 September 2012, sets out the modalities of the World Conference, in particular, that the World Conference shall result in a concise, action-oriented outcome document. The modalities in the resolution request the President of the General Assembly to prepare a draft text in consultation with Members States and indigenous peoples. This will take into account views emerging from a preparatory process, including an interactive hearing (see below).

Outline of the World Conference

The World Conference will be composed of two plenary meetings in the form of an opening and a closing session, three interactive round-table discussions and one interactive panel discussion.

The opening will commence at 9 am on 22 September 2014. The speakers at the opening meeting will be the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Heads of State or Government or high-level representatives of Member States from each regional group, the Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and three representatives of indigenous peoples.

The round-table discussions and the interactive panel discussion will be co-chaired by one Member State and one representative of indigenous peoples. The Chair of the Permanent Forum, the Chair-Rapporteur of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples will be invited to participate in the interactive panel discussion. The proceedings of the round-table discussions and interactive panel discussion will be webcast. The co-chairs of the round-table discussions and the panel discussion will present summaries of the discussions at the closing plenary meeting on 23 September 2014.

A programme for the world conference will be released as soon as it is available.

Key Documents

Other resources

Informal Interactive Hearing - 17-18 June 2014

Paragraph 7 of resolution 66/296 requested the President of the General Assembly to organize, no later than June 2014, an informal interactive hearing with representatives of indigenous peoples and representatives of entities of the United Nations system, academic institutions, national human rights institutions, parliamentarians, civil society and non-governmental organizations, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the present resolution, and to provide valuable input into the preparatory process for the World Conference, including the Conference outcome document.

Key Documents

Further consultations

The President of the General Assembly has scheduled two further consultations between Member states and indigenous peoples on the Conference outcome document. These will take place on 16 July 2014 and 18 August 2014. To register your interest in participating in these consultations, please contact the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.