December 7, 2017
23-25 January 2018
Conference Room 5 , United Nations Headquarters, New York
Sustainable development in territories of indigenous peoples (Article 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)
Indigenous peoples, in exercising their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing their autonomous functions.
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October 24, 2017
On 12 October the Social, the General Assembly Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (Third Committee), 17th meeting of the 72nd session of the General Assembly discussed Rights of indigenous peoples [item 69]
(a) Rights of indigenous peoples (A/72/186)
(b) Follow-up to the outcome document of the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Introductory statement, followed by an interactive dialogue Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
Continuation and conclusion of the general discussion
Consent, Participation of Indigenous Peoples in Decisions Affecting Them Vital to Advancing Their Rights, Special Rapporteur Tells Third Committee (GA/SHC/4203) Read more
September 22, 2017
The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) convened at the UN Headquarters in New York from 12 to 25 September 2017 and focused on the following theme, ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’. A number of events also took place parallel to the UNGA 72, some of which had the participation of indigenous peoples. Below is a list of indigenous related events.
21 September 2017
High-level event to mark the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples, titled “Making the Sustainable Development Goals Work for Indigenous Peoples: Launching the Indigenous Navigator” hosted by Estonia in cooperation with the European Commission, the International Labour Organization and the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for SDGs.
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September 13, 2017
United Nations Headquarters, New York – Today marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN General Assembly in 2007.
No words can describe the feeling of joy, ten years ago, when the Declaration after thirty long years of struggle in its drafting was finally adopted. With the Declaration, Indigenous Peoples now got an international standard that specifically articulated their individual and collective rights as well as their rights to identity, language, health, education and other issues. Over the following years, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples began to have international and national impact across the world. Some countries now recognise indigenous peoples in their constitutions; others have legislation and policies in place to address historical injustices and promote the rights, identity and worldviews of indigenous peoples. National and regional courts are invoking the Declaration to protect indigenous peoples’ rights. These are good news that we need to learn from and bring forward. Read more
August 18, 2017
On 8 September 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted, without a vote, a resolution titled, “enhancing the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of relevant United Nations bodies on issues affecting them” (document A/RES/71/321), as orally amended. By its terms, the Assembly welcomed recent discussions on indigenous participation, and encouraged the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the rights of indigenous peoples to continue to address the issue of indigenous participation. Read more