Programme of work of the UNPFII Seventeenth Session

UNPFII Seventeenth Session: 16-27 April 2018The UNPFII Forum members have decided on changes to the two week annual session.  The first week will be all open plenary meetings.  There will be no closed meetings during the first week. A condensed schedule during the first week will see the Permanent Forum discuss all substantive agenda items.

The second week will consist of biltateral and closed meetings of the PFII members, with the adoption of the report on the final day. During the second week, Members of the Permanent Forum will engage in closed meetings with indigenous peoples, Member States and UN entities as well as to prepare the Forum’s annual report, carefully considering information provided during the first week.

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UNPFII Seventeenth Session: 16-27 April 2018

UNPFII Seventeenth Session: 16-27 April 201817th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

Date: 16-27 April 2018

Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York

Theme: “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources”

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high- level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council. The Forum was established on 28 July 2000 by resolution 2000/22, with the mandate to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social developmentculturethe environmenteducationhealth and human rights.

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State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples III, Education

Recognizing the gaps in analytical research on the situation of indigenous peoples, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues called for a report on the state of the world’s indigenous peoples. The Forum believed that this report will help dispel the myths and inconsistencies about indigenous peoples, and demonstrate their unique identity and traditions, as contributions to the world’s bio-cultural diversity.

In response, DESA issued the State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in 2009. This was the first global, authoritative report by the UN system to focus on indigenous peoples, with the 2014 second edition focusing on Indigenous Peoples’ Access to Health. The third edition has been prepared with the contributions of experts on  indigenous education, a key focus area for the UN Permanent Forum. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, who started his career as a teacher, recently said that mothers and fathers around the world would make any sacrifice for their children’s education. Indigenous peoples fully realize that education is key for preserving their traditions and building their future. Read more

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International EGM on “Sustainable development in territories of indigenous peoples”

sdsd23-25 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)

Article 4

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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GA Third Committee: Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples at the 72nd Session of the UNGAOn 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

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