Updated August 2011

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) established the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in July 2000, on the recommendation of the Commission on Human Rights.

Mandate:

The Permanent Forum is an

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14th Session, May 2015

13th Session, May 2014

12th Session, May 2013

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12 February 2010 African Commisssion on Human and Peoples' Rights resolution on Climate Change and Human Rights and the need to study its impact in Africa

5 November 2009 IIPFCC sends out 'Statement to the negotiations' from Barcelona

20 October

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The Seventh Session of the Permanent Forum was held from 21 April – 2 May 2008 in New York. Around 3,000 indigenous representatives and other attendees, including parliamentarians, NGOs, academia, representatives of Member States, UN agencies and

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IWGIA Conference on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change

The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) organised a conference on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change on 21-22 February 2008 in Copenhagen.

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IWGIA's journal

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A working definition, by José Martinez Cobo

There are no general agreement on the definition –but many attemps to describe indigenous peoples. The most common is the “working definition” formulated by Special rapporteur fo the Sub-Commission, José Martinez

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There is not a single unanimous definition of who is indigenous; but to get an idea of the attemps to define working definitions, please refer to the texts below

Who are the indigenous peoples? - A working definition, by José Martinez Cobo Read

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Despite of all the good intentions that were enshrined in the United Nations Charter in 1945, the historic document has not changed the world to the extent that it was intended to do. Neither have many of the latter declarations that have been

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Intellectual Legislation, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, seek to impose international norms on developing countries to promote trade in bio-technologies and human knowledge. The exact form

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Indigenous peoples all over the world find themselves part of political systems that are not their own but created and defined by governments with alien rules and led by politicians. Over the last centuries, indigenous peoples have gained

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IWGIA has collected a list of international institutions, United Nations agencies and governments' policies and strategies on indigenous peoples.

The Philippines is a member of the United Nations Organisation (UN), the Association of Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN) and related treaty organizations.

Below are listed a number of relevant international and regional covenants, conventions,

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Below are a number of relevant international and regional covenants, conventions, agreements etc. Malaysia is a State Party to those marked with a star (*).

  • ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous Peoples
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural
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You can find more information about indigenous peoples and Laos from the following sources:

Other sources

"Aiding or Abetting? Internal Resettlement and International Aid Agencies in the Lao PDR", by Ian G. Baird and Bruce Shoemaker. Click here

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Below are listed a number of relevant international and regional covenants, conventions, agreements etc. Laos is a State Party to those marked with a star (*).

  • ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous Peoples
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural
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Below are listed a number of relevant international and regional covenants, conventions, agreements etc. India is a State Party to those marked with a star (*).

  • ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous Peoples
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural
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Capital New Delhi
Area 3.3 million sq. km
Population 1,095,351,995 (July 2006 est.)
Indigenous Population In the 1991 2001 census, 84.33 67.76 million persons were classified as members of Scheduled Tribes, which corresponding to 8.208% of the
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You can find more information about indigenous peoples and Argentina from the following sources.

Below are listed a number of relevant international and regional covenants, conventions, agreements etc. The ones Argentina is party of are marked with a star (*).

This section takes up issues that are of importance to the indigenous peoples in Argentina:

Territorial recognition
Participation and consultation
Autonomy and recognition of native authorities
Deficiencies in local governments' indigenist policy

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The National Constitution was reformed in 1994, with the following being incorporated into its article 75: "It is for the Congress:section 17. "To recognise the ethnic and cultural pre-existence of Argentina's indigenous peoples. To guarantee

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Their territories expropriated over decades and their chiefs militarily defeated, the indigenous nations were incorporated as subjugated peoples and insecure occupiers of their own lands; they were forced to adopt a foreign religion and way of

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Brief general historical account

The first Spanish settlement was the Sancti Spiritu fort, established in 1527 near the site of what is now Santa Fe city. Santiago del Estero (1553), Córdoba (1573) and Buenos Aires (1580) formed the hubs of

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Capital Buenos Aires
Area 3,745,247 km² (2,780,400 km² located within the American continent and 964,847 km² within Antarctica)
Population 36,260,130 according to the INDEC census of 2001. The population was estimated at 38,592,150 inhabitants in
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“We woke up with new hope in our hearts” said the new Prime Minister of Greenland, Kuupik Kleist, in his speech on 21st June, the day self-government became a reality in Greenland. “It is as if we woke up to a country covered in new snow and we

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About IWGIA

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.

Contact IWGIA

Prinsessegade 29 B, 3rd floor
DK 1422 Copenhagen
Denmark
Phone: (+45) 53 73 28 30
E-mail: iwgia@iwgia.org
CVR: 81294410

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