18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

2019-02-14
18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will take place from 22 April to 3 May, 2019.

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The 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will take place from 22 April to 3 May, 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States. The theme of the 18th session of the UNPFII is “Traditional knowledge: Generation, transmission and protection.”

The UNPFII is a high-level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council and was established in 2000 in order to address indigenous issues related to the six mandated areas: economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. As part of its mandate, the UNPFII:

  • Provides advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the Council, as well as to programmes, funds, and agencies of the United Nations;
  • 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 and the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The agenda for the 18th session of the UNPFII provides for dialogue with indigenous peoples, Member States, and UN agencies, discussion on the session’s theme, as well as a review of the implementation of the six mandated areas listed above. In addition, regional dialogues will be held during the second week of the session with the participation of indigenous peoples, states, UN entities, and national human rights institutions.

NGOs with ECOSOC status and IPOs and academics that have participated at previous sessions of the UNPFII must register by 8 April 2019. New IPOs and academics participating for the first time must register by 25 March 2019. More information about registering for the session and about the UNPFII can be found on the website of the Permanent Forum.