High-level event to mark 10th Anniversary of UNDRIP adoption

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Note: The PGA high-level event will take place in the General Assembly Hall from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Conference Room 4 will serve as an overflow room in the morning. The Permanent Forum will resume at 3:00 pm in Conference Room 4. 

On Tuesday 25 April 2017, the President of the 71st session of the General Assembly will organize a high-level event to mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This will take place at the General Assembly Hall at 10:00 am.

Objectives
This 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 event will take 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 will also provide an opportunity to review the commitments made by Member States in the outcome document of the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Participants will have 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.

Format
The high-level event will be 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 a view to facilitate the participation of indigenous peoples, the Forum will temporarily suspend its morning session.

The high-level event will consist of an opening segment and high-level plenary meeting. In the opening segment the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General and Key Note Speakers will deliver remarks. The three UN mechanisms on the rights of indigenous peoples’ will also be invited to speak. During the high level plenary meeting the list of speakers will rotate between Member States and indigenous peoples’ representatives.

Conference Room 4 will be used as the over floor room for the morning session of the High-level event.

Nomination for speakers from the seven socio-cultural regions of Indigenous Peoples

Please be advised that the Office of the President of the General Assembly has invited indigenous peoples to nominate only one speaker from each of the seven socio-cultural regions to address the informal High-Level Event to mark the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on Right of Indigenous Peoples, which will take place on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 in the General Assembly Hall [see Concept Note]. Each of the seven socio-cultural regions is requested to nominate a Representative to speak on behalf of his/her region. Each region is requested to select its own representative according to their own mechanism and forward the name to oloo@un.org by Monday, 24 April 2017 4:00 pm latest as follows:

Representative nominated by African Region
Representative nominated by Asia Region
Representative nominated by Central and South America, and the Caribbean Region
Representative nominated by Arctic Region
Representative nominated by Central and Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia
Representative nominated by North America
Representative nominated by the Pacific.

Please be advised that each region should provide the name of one speaker only.

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