14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will take place from 20 April to 1 May in New York. More than 1,000 indigenous participants from all regions of the world are expected to take part in the two-week session.The opening session is on Monday, 20 April at 11:00 hrs in the General Assembly with a traditional welcome ceremony.  The Deputy Secretary-General will be in attendance along with the President of the General Assembly, the Vice President of ECOSOC and the Under-Secretary-General for DESA.

The opening session will be followed by sessions during the first week on: the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples that took place in September 2014; youth, self-harm and suicide; the Pacific region; dialogue on an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; the Post-2015 development agenda, with a special focus on food, hunger and disease; and on the methods of work of the Forum.  The second week will focus on human rights. There are over 80 side events planned as well.

 

Provisional agenda:

  1. Election of officers.
  2. Adoption of the agenda and organization of work.
  3. Follow-up on the recommendations of the Permanent Forum:
    (a) Outcome of the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly
    known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples;
    (b) Post-2015 development agenda;
    (c) Youth, self-harm and suicide.
  4. Half-day discussion on the Pacific region.
  5. Half-day discussion on the expert group meeting on the theme “Dialogue on an
    optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
    Indigenous Peoples”.
  6. Comprehensive dialogue with United Nations agencies and funds.
  7. Human rights:
    (a) Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
    Indigenous Peoples;
    (b) Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
    and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous
    Peoples.
  8. Future work of the Permanent Forum, including issues of the Economic and
    Social Council and emerging issues.
  9. Draft agenda for the fifteenth session of the Permanent Forum.
  10. Adoption of the report of the Permanent Forum on its fourteenth session.

More details are available here.

All sessions will be webcast live.

Submission to the Forum from the Australian Government.