Membership of PFII 2023-2025

UNPFII VisualThe Permanent Forum serves as an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues relating to economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health, and human rights. The Permanent Forum holds annual sessions of ten working days each year, generally in April-May.

The Permanent Forum consists of sixteen members (see ECOSOC resolution 2000/22):

  • Eight to be nominated by Governments and elected by ECOSOC;
  • Eight members to be appointed by the President of the ECOSOC following formal consultations with the bureau and regional groups through the coordinators, on a basis of broad consultations with indigenous organizations taking into account the diversity and geographic distribution of indigenous peoples of the world, as well as principles of transparency, representativity, and equal opportunity for all indigenous peoples, including internal processes, when appropriate, and local indigenous consultation processes.

Members of the Permanent Forum serve in their personal capacities. They are not United Nations staff members, they are not based in United Nations offices, and do not receive a salary. The United Nations supports their travel for the annual sessions of the Permanent Forum.

On 13 April 2022, ECOSOC elected the government nominees for the UNPFII (Decision E/2022/213). To read about the elections, please visit >>>

The eight indigenous-nominated members will be appointed by the President of the ECOSOC. This is expected to be announced during the Council meeting at the management segment on 8-9 June 2022.

Read the full UN coverage of the ECOSOC Elections (ECOSOC/7074) here.

Nominations by indigenous peoples’ organizations

Seven indigenous nominated members are from each of the seven socio-cultural regions determined to give broad representation to the world’s indigenous peoples. These socio-cultural regions are Africa; the Arctic; Asia; Central and South America and the Caribbean; Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; North America; and the Pacific.

The eighth member is nominated from one of the three regions with the largest indigenous population (Africa; Asia; and Central and South America and the Caribbean).  This seat rotates among these three regions every three years. (See ECOSOC Decision 2016/205, Election 3).

For the 2023–2025 term, there will be two members of the Permanent Forum from Asia, nominated by indigenous peoples’ organizations.

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How to submit nominations:

To send in nominations for consideration the following documents are required:

  • Nomination letter
  • A recent resume/curriculum vitae of the nominee (maximum 2 printed pages in Word format)
  • A short biography of the nominee (200 words)
  • Information on the consultations amongst indigenous peoples’ organizations
  • Information about the nominating organization(s)

Consultations amongst indigenous organizations are encouraged to commence as soon as possible to ensure that the President of the ECOSOC has suitable candidates for consideration and appointment.  In considering possible candidates the organizations are encouraged to take into account the expertise relevant to the mandate of the Permanent Forum as well as the principles of geographic distribution and gender balance.

The deadline for submission of nominations for PFII 2023-2025 is CLOSED.

Where to submit:

Nominations can be submitted by:

email: | Subject: Nominations for 2023-2025 UNPFII Membership 

OR correspondence:

Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch – Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Division for Inclusive Social Development
Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
Room S-2555, 405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
United States of America

Received nominations will be confirmed by email.

On 13 April 2022, ECOSOC elected the government nominees for the UNPFII (Decision E/2022/213). To read about the elections, please visit >>>