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Indigenous Issues: Quick Guide

Indigenous Issues at the United Nations

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.Permanent Forum Sessions:

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high- level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council. The Forum provides a global platform for expert advice and recommendations on indigenous to the Council.  The Seventeenth Session (2018), took place on 16 – 27 April 2018 – at the UN Headquarters, New York with the theme:  “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources”

Previous Sessions

The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. 

The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples was  established by the General Assembly  resolution 49/214 of 23 December 1994. The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on 9 August every year. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

See: Previous observances

UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

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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