Questionnaire for Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations

502249674_e97f6b58ab_oThe Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues invites all Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations and institutions to complete the following questionnaire on any action, taken or planned, related to the recommendations of the 15th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 15th Session report of 2016 includes a number of recommendations within its mandated areas, some of which are addressed to indigenous peoples’ organizations and institutions. Responses will be compiled into one report for presentation during the 16th Session of the Permanent Forum which will take place from 24 April to 5 May 2017.

Please submit your completed questionnaire to and by 1 January 2017.



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Participation of Indigenous Peoples at the UN 14-15 December 2016

Ct3lS7GW8AATGunThe President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly will organize a consultation on the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in relevant United Nations meetings on issues affecting them.

The two-day meeting will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York (Trusteeship Council) on 14 and 15 December 2016.
Indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions that wish to participate at the consultation, please send an email to with the following information:

  • Name of the participant
  • Name of the organization and country
  • Email address

Once this has been processed, you will receive further instructions on access to the United Nations for the meeting on 14 & 15 December 2016.

Please note the deadline to register is Friday 9 December 2016

For background information click ‘Process under the PGA 71’

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Third Committee takes action on the draft resolution on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 4.00.58 PMThe resolution on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (A/C.3/71/L.17/Rev.1) was adopted without a vote on 22 November 2016 at the Third Committee”s 55th Meeting. The negotiations were chaired by Bolivia (Plurinational State of) and Ecuador.

Co-sponsors are Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Australia,  Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Canada, Central African Republic,  Chad, Chile, Ecuador,  Guatemala,  Mexico, Nicaragua, Palau, Paraguay,  Peru, Honduras, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).

To read the meeting coverage click here

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Statement from the Chair and PFII Members Dalee Dorough and Chief Edward John on the Dakota Access Pipeline

Statement by Mr. Álvaro Pop Ac, Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and Dr. Dalee Dorough and Chief Edward John, Expert Members of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, on the escalating violence against unarmed protestors at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site (North Dakota, USA)

The Chair and Expert Members of the Permanent condemn the aggravated conditions that have worsened near the Sioux tribal territories of Standing Rock.

We share the anguish over the violence that has been perpetrated against indigenous peoples and others at Standing Rock which escalated over the weekend. We have received reports that police officers were spraying unarmed protestors with cold water, rubber bullets and tear gas. The heightened militarization and brutality being inflicted by so-called law enforcement personnel is, at a minimum, a breach of the basic human rights of the protestors. Read more

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UNESCO Consultations to provide input on policy to engage with indigenous peoples

UNESCO logoUNESCO policy on engaging with indigenous peoples

UNESCO is inviting interested organizations and individuals to provide comments to its current draft policy on ‘Engaging with Indigenous Peoples’, which has been under consultation for several years with the involvement of indigenous peoples, UNESCO staff and various experts. UNESCO’s intention is to present the draft policy at its 201st Executive Board session in April 2017. If you are interested in providing inputs, please request a copy of the draft policy to links(at) The last day to send in comments is 30 November 2016.


For more information on the process, click here.


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