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


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


16th session Report of the Permanent Forum (2017)

The report of the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (24 April – 5 May 2017) is available in all UN languages.

E/2017/43 – E/C.19/2017/11 |AREN| ES| FR| RU| ZH|

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has identified the proposals,objectives, recommendations and areas of possible future action set out below and, through the Economic and Social Council, recommends that States, entities of the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations, indigenous peoples, the private sector and non-governmental organizations assist in their realization.


Free Prior and Informed Consent – An Indigenous Peoples’ right and a good practice for local communities – FAO

FPIC FAOThis Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) Manual is designed as a tool for project practitioners (herein referred as project managers) for a broad range of projects and programmes (hereinafter to be referred to as projects) of any development organization, by providing information about the right to FPIC and how it can be implemented in six steps.

FPIC is a principle protected by international human rights standards that state, ‘all peoples have the right to self-determination’ and – linked to the right to self-determination – ‘all peoples have the right to freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development’. Read more


Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Human Rights System – OHCHR

OHCHR1This Fact Sheet provides a reader-friendly overview of the United Nations human rights system and the rights of indigenous peoples. It is designed to give readers:
• A summary of indigenous peoples’ rights;
• An overview of the international human rights bodies and mechanisms in relation to indigenous peoples;
• A description of the activities of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) related to indigenous peoples; Read more