UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Along with staff members, IWGIA supported five indigenous representatives to attend and participate in the Forum, including representatives from Russia, Mexico, Tanzania, Bangladesh, and Brazil.

Included in the agenda were discussions on the follow-up on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, the inclusion of indigenous peoples in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and the monitoring of indigenous peoples' rights.

Permanent Forum Side Events

IWGIA contributed to a number of side events during the Permanent Forum, including the launch of The Indigenous World 2015 and other new publications, a presentation of a new monitoring tool, the presentation of the Second global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples Forum at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and an event on the role of indigenous women in the protection of traditional knowledge.

Monitoring of Indigenous Peoples' Rights

The 14th session of the UN Permanent Forum included a full day panel discussion on the development of indicators and monitoring of indigenous peoples' rights.

Permanent Forum Expert Member Joan Carling presented the "Indigenous Navigator" - a framework for indigenous rights monitoring, which is being developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), in cooperation with IWGIA, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and the Tebtebba Foundation.

This new platform will provide the tools for community-based monitoring of indigenous peoples’ rights, and strengthens indigenous peoples’ access to development and justice. 

Another promising tool for indigenous rights monitoring was also presented during the first week of the Forum. The Rainforest Foundation UK has developed "Mapping for Rights" - which aims to provide easy access to accurate geographical information about the presence, land use and rights of indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities in the Congo Basin.

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IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World 2019.

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