Indigenous Peoples, business, autonomy and the human rights principles of due diligence, including free, prior and informed consent

Every year, the Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch / Secretariat for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues within the Division for Inclusive Social Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs organizes an international expert group meeting (EGM) on a theme identified by the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and endorsed by the Economic and Social Council. At its 2021 session, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues decided that the theme its next session in 2022 will be “Indigenous Peoples, business, autonomy and the human rights principles of due diligence, including free, prior and informed consent”. This EGM will gather information and analysis from some of the world’s leading experts in preparation for the 2022 session of the Permanent Forum.

The meeting will take place online over the course of five days from 6 to 10 December 2021. Each session will be for one hour and thirty minutes and meeting times will vary to facilitate participation from different time zones.

Concept note.

Registration is open for the following:

  • Indigenous peoples’ representatives and organizations
  • Member States
  • UN System entities
  • NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC
  • Academia

Proposed themes for discussion:

Monday December 6
10 AM (EST)
Session 1: Indigenous Peoples’ led business enterprises and autonomies

Online registration

Tuesday December 7
9 PM (EST)
Session 2: Indigenous Peoples, FPIC and human rights due diligence
Business operations and reprisals against indigenous peoples and their defenders
Online registration

Wednesday December 8
10 AM (EST)
Session 3: Effective remedy and redress for human rights impacts of businesses on indigenous peoples
Online registration

Thursday December 9
9 PM (EST)

Session 4: Business operations and reprisals against indigenous peoples their defenders and the impact on indigenous women
Online registration

Friday December 10
10 AM (EST)

Session 5: Addressing the implementation gap through National Action Plans, proposed treaty on business and human rights and other initiatives
Online registration