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Indigenous Issues: Quick Guide

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UN Forum on Indigenous Issues Opens 11th Annual Session. A wide view of the General Assembly Hall as Mayan elders Virginia Ajxup (left) and Juan Sapil (centre) deliver ceremonial prayers at the opening of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)’s eleventh session. The session this year emphasizes the theme, “The Doctrine of Discovery: Its Enduring Impact on Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Redress for Past Conquests. 07 May 2012 United Nations, New York

The Sixteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will be held in New York from 24 April to 5 May 2017. The special theme of the session is “Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken to implement the Declaration”.

An Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Languages was held at the UN Headquarters in New York from 19 to 21 January 2016. Information and background documents can be found on the event web page. 

UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Logo of the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

On 22-23 September 2014, the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples took place in New York. This was a High-Level Plenary Meeting of the 69th General Assembly.

UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On 13 September 2007 the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted as a resolution (A/RES/61/295) by the General Assembly.  

You can learn more about the Declaration, including its procedural history in the Audiovisual Library of International Law.

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Access to electronic Resources

Books and articles can be accessed online within the UN Headquarters. Articles can be delivered to permanent mission by e-mail upon request.


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