UN Indigenous Forum (UNPFII)

“The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high- level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council. The Forum was established on 28 July 2000 by resolution 2000/22,with the mandate to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, healthand human rights.

More specifically, the Permanent Forum:

  • provides expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the Council, as well as to programmes, funds and agencies of the United Nations, through ECOSOC;
  • raises awareness and promotes the integration and coordination of activities related to indigenous issues within the UN system;
  • prepares and disseminates information on indigenous issues;
  • promotes respect for and full application of the provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and follow up the effectiveness of this Declaration (Art. 42 UNDRIP)”

Each year since 2002, the Forum has met for ten days at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.  Each year, Forum members and delegates of Indigenous Peoples Organizations from across the globe gather to raise awareness and increase outreach on Indigenous issues and to make recommendations to the Economic and Social Council.  The Eighteenth Session of the UNPFII will take place from April 22 to May 3, 2019.

The Tracking Change project team, along with researchers and representatives from projects across the Mackenzie, Mekong and Amazon basins will be attending parts of this year’s Forum to showcase the progress, results and plans of their work over the past four years.  The goal of our attendance at this event is to increase the project’s profile, network with key influencers and establish connections with other Indigenous communities, organizations and researchers from other parts of our world to share stories and create hope.

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