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Chapter 1, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), 2024

Updated: Apr 23



The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was established in 2000 as a response to demands from Indigenous Peoples for a high-level permanent body at the UN. It possesses the mandate to advise the Economic and Social Council on the concerns of Indigenous Peoples and to discuss issues faced by Indigenous Peoples related to economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health, and human rights.


More specifically, the Forum:

  • Raises awareness and promotes the integration and coordination of activities related to Indigenous Peoples within the UN system

  • Prepares and disseminates information on topics concerning Indigenous Peoples

  • Promotes respect for and full application of the provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and its follow-up

  • Provides expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the Economic and Social Council.


The UN permanent forum on Indigenous people will take place starting on April 15 until April 26 in the United Nations headquarters in NewYork. The theme of this meeting is enhancing Indigenous Peoples's right to self-determination in the context of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: emphasizing the voices of Indigenous youth.


By Rachel Gurung

CO-OP STUDENT MARY WARD CENTRE

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