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10th Anniversary of Adoption of UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

25 April 2017

High-level Event to Mark the Tenth Anniversary of the Adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On Tuesday 25 April, 2017 the President 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.

The General Assembly in its resolutions 69/159, 70/232 and 71/178 decided 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.

This event will take stock of the achievements of the preceding 10 years and assess the remaining challenges for the rights of indigenous peoples, and also consider the further follow-up to the Declaration, including the consideration of a third International Decade.

PROGRAMME

9.45 – 10AM

TRADITIONAL CEREMONY [GENERAL ASSEMBLY HALL]

10 – 10.45AM

OPENING SEGMENT [GENERAL ASSEMBLY HALL]

H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly
H.E. Mr António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

KEYNOTE
H.E. Mr Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia

Mr. Andrew Gilmour, Assistant-Secretary-General of the New York Office of Human Rights
Ms. Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, Chairperson of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Mr. Albert Barume, Chairperson of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

10.50AM – 1PM

PLENARY [GENERAL ASSEMBLY HALL]

Statements by Member States and Statements by Indigenous Peoples Representatives (one from each) of the seven socio-cultural regions (interspersed with Member States speakers)

3 – 6PM

CONTINUED PLENARY [GENERAL ASSEMBLY HALL]

Statements by Member States and Statements by Indigenous Peoples Representatives (one from each) of the seven socio-cultural regions (interspersed with Member States speakers)

The high-level event will be convened by the President of the General Assembly on 25 April, 2017 General Assembly Hall, one day after the opening session of the 2017 annual session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) 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 session of the forum will be temporarily suspended during the organization of the high-level event.

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 relevant mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples’ will also be invited to speak.

OBJECTIVES

Participants will have the opportunity to 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. The event 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.

PARTICIPATION

During the high level plenary meeting the list of speaker will rotate between Member States and the representatives of the seven socio-cultural regions of Indigenous Peoples. Member States speaking on behalf of regional group will have 5 minutes and Member States speaking on their national capacity will have 3 minutes. Indigenous Peoples Representative of the seven socio-cultural regions will have 3 minutes.  Delegations wishing to take the floor are requested to approach Mr.
Carlos Galindo (galindo[at]un[dot]org) to inscribe to the list of speakers.

NOMINATION FOR SPEAKERS FROM THE 7 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. 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[at]un[dot]org by Monday, 24 April 2017 4:00PM EST latest:

  • 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.

LETTERS TO MEMBER STATES

10 April 2017

Concept note and programme

7 March 2017

Invitation

coming soon

Venue

United Nations Headquarters
New York City, NY 10017 United States + Google Map