UNPFII Seventeenth Session: 16-27 April 2018


UNPFII Sixteenth Session 24 April to 5 May 2017

17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

Date: 16-27 April 2018

Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York

Theme: “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources”



The 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.

During the second week of the 2018 session of the Permanent Forum, members of the Forum will hold informal meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples, Member States and UN entities. The purpose of these meetings will be to draw on information presented during the first week, and channel this into policy recommendations that are strategic, focused and actionable.

Indigenous representatives, Member States and UN entities that are accredited to attend the 2018 session of the Permanent Forum are invited to attend these meetings. More details will be available soon. 

The request form for side events is now OPEN. 

Online Registration for the 17th session (UNPFII17) is now OPEN.

For NGOs with ECOSOC Status, IPOs and Academics that have participated at previous sessions of the Permanent Forum:

For New IPOs and Academics participating for the first time at a session of the Permanent Forum:

  • First, read carefully our participation guide. You must create a new profile in our integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System. Download the Participation Guide for New NGOs and Academics: http://bit.ly/unpfii17-new-ipos-academics
  • Deadline for online application for approval: 28 March 2018.

Please contact us at: indigenous_un@un.org for questions related to your participation.

On Tuesday April 17, the President of the General Assembly will conduct an informal interactive hearing on enhanced participation of indigenous peoples at the United Nations. This hearing was requested by the General Assembly (A/RES/71/321) and it will be open to indigenous participants that are accredited to attend the 2018 session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. See this page for further information as it becomes available.