On Tuesday 25 April 2017, the President of the 71st session of the General Assembly organized a high-level event to mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This event took place at the General Assembly Hall at 10:00 am.
The event is in follow up to the General Assembly decision to convene a high-level event to mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to be held during the seventy-first session of the General Assembly, in 2017 (Resolutions A/RES/69/159, A/RES/70/232 and A/RES/71/178).
This high level event event took stock of achievements made since the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, to identify ongoing persistent challenges and obstacles and to consider good practices. It provided an opportunity to review the commitments made by Member States in the outcome document of the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Participants had an opportunity to make concrete commitments to further increase their efforts to implement the provisions of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The high-level event was convened by the President of the General Assembly on 25 April, 2017 at the General Assembly Hall, during the annual session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. This is in order to take advantage of the presence of high level dignitaries from Member States and high number of indigenous peoples’ representatives from across the globe. In view to facilitate the participation of indigenous peoples, the Forum temporarily suspended its morning session.
The high-level event consisted of an opening segment and a high-level plenary meeting. In the opening segment the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General and Key Note Speakers delivered remarks. The three UN mechanisms on the rights of indigenous peoples’ were also invited to speak. During the high level plenary meeting the list of speakers rotated between Member States and indigenous peoples’ representatives.
Conference Room 4 was used as the overflow room for the morning session of the High-level event.
Statement by H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly delivered by the Vice-president, Durgan Prasad Bhattarai, Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic of Nepal
Key note address by H.E. Mr. Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia (minute 8:00)
Remarks by Ms. Kyung-wha Kang, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations
Remarks by Mr. Andrew Gilmour, Assistant-Secretary-General of the New York Office of Human Rights
Remarks by Ms. Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, Chairperson of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Remarks by Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Remarks by Mr. Alberth Barume, Chairperson of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Statements by Member States: Canada, Guatemala, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, Ukraine, Sweden, Mexico, Finland, Russian Federation, European Union, Nicaragua, Australia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru, Estonia, New Zealand, Cuba, the Philippines, Brazil, Hungary, the United States of America, Denmark, Honduras, Argentina, China, Nepal and Japan.
Statements by Indigenous Peoples Representatives (one from each) of the seven socio-cultural regions (Interspersed with Member States speakers)
Ms. Agnes Leina, African region
Ms. Joan Carling, Asian region
Mr. Luis Macas, Central and South America and the Caribbean region
Ms. Okalik Eegeesiak, Arctic region
Representative of the Central and Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia
Mr. Oren Lyons, North American region
Mr. Ghazali Ohorella, Pacific region
Statement by ILO