With reference to the organization of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, UNESCO together with a range of different partners prepared an Action Plan which will be presented at the upcoming 17th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on 16 April 2018. One of the proposed working modalities is an establishment of a Steering Committee which would include representations of regional socio-cultural groups of Indigenous Peoples, interested Member States, representatives of three party UN mechanism including the UNPFII, The Special Rapporteur and EMRIP, as well as UN agencies. Please proceed to a letter.
April 6, 2018
March 13, 2018
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues expresses its grave concerns about the Philippine government’s accusation against indigenous human rights defenders as terrorist group affiliates.
The indigenous human rights defenders include, among others, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Joan Carling, former member of the Permanent Forum and Jose Molintas, former member of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Read more
March 12, 2018
The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the UNHQ in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018.
Priority theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls;
Review theme: Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session);
Briefing for indigenous peoples: Monday March 12, 1pm – 2:30 pm, Secretariat building, Room S-1521 Read more
February 15, 2018
The 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 bilateral 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. Read more
February 15, 2018
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 development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.
The request form for side events is open.
Registration for the 17th session is now open.