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Dialogue Meeting: Enhanced Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at the UN

October 17 2016

Photo: Ambassador Kai Sauer (Finland), Dr. Claire Winfield Ngamihi Charters (Pacific region), President of the UN General Assembly Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, Ambassador Martha Ama Akyaa Pobbee (Ghana) and Professor James Anaya (North American region).
As an initiative of the Saami Parliament of Norway, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), a Dialogue Meeting on enhanced indigenous peoples’ participation at the UN will take place 11-12 November 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The dialogue is an attempt to initiate a dialogue between indigenous peoples representatives/experts and the two indigenous advisors (Prof James Anaya and Dr. Claire Charters) on the specific issues that will need to be resolved in the upcoming consultations at the UN General Assembly.  These issues include the possible necessary measures, including procedural and institutional steps and selection criteria, enable the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of relevant United Nations bodies on issues affecting them.

The main purpose of the Dialogue Meeting is to provide Indigenous representatives the opportunity to consider and consolidate their positions and strategies with respect to the specific issues raised in the PGA’s compilation of views and elements for discussion. It might be hoped that the workshop participants will be able to identify the points on which they agree, the points where they might take different positions as well as how Indigenous peoples might strategically further their objectives in the consultations/negotiations. Indigenous representatives are expected to consult within their communities on the issues raised.

This is an open-ended dialogue meeting, open to all interested indigenous peoples’ representatives. It is hoped that indigenous representatives from all seven indigenous socio-cultural regions will be able to attend.