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Indigenous peoples at the 72nd Session of the UNGA

Indigenous peoples at the 72nd Session of the UNGAThe 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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Statement by the Chair of the UNPFII on the 10th Anniversary of the UNDRIP

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

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GA adopts resolution on Participation of Indigenous Peoples at the UN

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

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10th Anniversary of the UNDRIP at Colorado Law

10th Anniversary of the UNDRIP at Colorado LawThe University of Colorado Law School and the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII) are hosting a two-day event on 13-14 September, 2017, to commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The event will look back at the advocacy that resulted in the passage of the UN Declaration, discuss its present-day usage, and look ahead towards its implementation and future.

When:  13 and 14 September, 2017
Venue:  University of Colorado Law School, Wolf Law Building, 2450 Kittredge Loop Dr., Boulder, CO 80305
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Statements on the occasion of the Indigenous Day 2017

UNPFII fifth session On the 9th of August, we are commemorating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Come join us in the commemoration of this special day!

Statements launched for the day:

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