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Our recommendations to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

April 24 2017

Find your way around the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo: United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
The 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues takes place in New York from April 24 to May 5. Take a look at our programme here:

When the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues takes place 24 April - 5 May, more than a thousand participants from indigenous peoples and their organisations and institutions, representatives from NGOs, human rights institutes, embassies and the United Nations will gather in New York.

Functioning as an expert body to the Economic and Social Council, the Permanent Forum will take point of departure in the 2017 Special Theme: “Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken to implement the Declaration”.

We have compiled a programme of sessions and side events where you will find us.

Week 1

OPENING OF THE SESSION
Time: Monday, April 24, 2017, 11 am
Location: General Assembly Hall
Programme:
Ceremonial sound of a conch, a traditional instrument by Ms. Mónica Michelena Díaz, Charrúa, Uruguay
Declaration of the opening of the session by Mr. Lenni Montiel, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Ceremonial welcome by the traditional Chief of the Onondaga Nation, Todadaho Sid Hill
Election of the Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (Item 1
Statement by the Vice President of the 71th session of the General Assembly
Statement by the Vice President of ECOSOC, H. E. Ambassador Cristián Barros Melet.
See the full program at UNPFII.


A MOVEMENT DIALOGUE TO DEFEND AND ADVANCE OUR RIGHTS
Side event
Time: Monday, April 24, 1:15 - 2:30 pm
Location: UN FF Building, 9th floor, Rio Room, 340 East 45th Street, New York
Organisers: MADRE and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - New York Office
Speakers:
Yasso Bhattachan | National Indigenous Women’s Forum, Nepal
Rose Cunningham Kain | Wangki Tangni, Nicaragua
Kandi Mossett | Indigenous Environmental Network, USA
Lucy Mulenkei | Indigenous Information Network, Kenya
Diana Duarte | MADRE
Stefanie Ehmsen | RLS–NYC.


MARKING THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ADOPTION OF THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
High level event of the General Assembly

Time: Tuesday, April 25, 10:00 a.m
Location: General Assembly Hall, United Nations Headquarters, New York

The event will take stock of achievements made since the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, to identify ongoing persistent challenges and obstacles and to consider good practices. It will also provide an opportunity to review the commitments made by Member States in the outcome document of the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

Participants will have an opportunity to make concrete commitments to further increase their efforts to implement the provisions of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
See the programme here.


LAUNCH OF THE INDIGENOUS WORLD 2017
Time: Tuesday, April 25 13:15 – 14:30
Location: Conference Room 9 (CR9), UN Headquarters New York
Languages: English and Spanish
Organiser: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
Speakers:
Ambassador Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations
Lola Garicia-Alix, International Programme Coordinator, IWGIA
More to be confirmed.

IWGIA invites you to join the launch of the Indigenous World 2017 - our 30th yearbook on the status of indigenous peoples’ rights. We have dedicated the Indigenous World 2017 to the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and included three regional articles about the Declaration.

The Indigenous World 2017 includes more than 59 detailed country reports and an overview of 12 international and regional processes including the Global Goals.
Download the Indigenous World 2017.


ADVANCING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONAL ACTION PLAN TO IMPLEMENT THE UNDRIP - Experiences from country policy dialogues in six countries
Side event
Time: Thursday April 27 18:15 – 19:45 (New York Time)
Location: Conference Room 4 (CR4), UN Headquarters New York
Languages: English, Spanish and French
Organisers: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and IWGIA

IFAD, IWGIA and the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII) have supported policy dialogues between indigenous peoples, governments and the UN system in six countries: El Salvador, Paraguay, Myanmar, Nepal, Congo D. R. and Tanzania. The results and advances of these country policy dialogues will be shared. Main speakers are indigenous peoples’ representatives/organizations that had been directly engaged in the organisation of the policy dialogues.


Mainstreaming Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the SDGs including in the High Level Political Forum

Side event
Time
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Friday 28 April, 2017 15:00-16:30
Location: Conference Room 4 (CR4), UN Headquarters, New York Languages: English and Spanish Organisers: The Indigenous Peoples Major Group for the SDGs, represented by Tebtebba Foundation and International Indian Treat Council (IITC), International Labour Organisation ILO, IWGIA, Asia Indigenous Peoples PAct and the Forest Peoples Programme. Financed by the European Union.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a key agenda item at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. This side event aims at providing updates on the Global Goals, driving engagement, introducing data collection as a tool to monitor the rights of indigenous peoples and the Global Goals.

Programme:
1) Provide key updates on the SDGs and practical guide on the engagement of indigenous peoples in the National Voluntary Reviews

2) Highlight the link of the SDGs with UNDRIP/ILO 169 and monitoring of the SDGs using the Indigenous Navigator

3) Provide update on the strengthening of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) as the global mechanism for the engagement of indigenous peoples in the SDG processes and share the plans of the IPMG and its partners for the HLPF.

Week 2

Indigenous Peoples Rights and the Impact of Extractive Industries - in the Americas and in Africa

Side event
Time: Tuesday 2 May, 1:15-2:30 pm
Location: CR12, Main building, UN Headquarters, New York
Organisers: Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos/Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and IWGIA.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and Inter-American Commission on Human Rights present key findings, legal standards, recommendations and conclusions from two recently published reports on extractive industries.


Forced Sterilization of Indigenous Women in Peru: Access to Justice and Redress
Side event
Time: Friday 5 May 13:15-14:30
Location:
Rio Room, UN FF Building, 304 East 45th Street, New York
Organisers: the National Organization for Indigenous Women from the Andean and Amazonian regions in Peru (ONAMIAP), International Indigenous Women Forum (FIMI) and International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
 
From 1996 to 2000 over 300.000 women and more than 24.000 men were sterilized in Peru as part of a national family planning program. Although the authorities claimed that they had obtained the written consent of the victims, it has emerged that the vast majority of the women were unable to read what they were signing and did not understand what they were agreeing to. The issue remained hidden for many years.

Ketty Lopez Marcelo,
President of
The National Organization for Indigenous Women from the Andean and Amazonian regions in Peru (ONAMIAP), briefs about the case and presents sneak peaks of a new documentary about forced sterilization of indigenous women in Peru.