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ICC and the UN system

As an NGO and an Indigenous Peoples Organisation (IPO) Inuit Circumpolar Council is ECOSOC accredited as having consulative status (category II list). This means that ICC can have participants and observers at the different UN bodies' meetings and sessions.

The United Nations has three different bodies that work directly with Indigenous Peoples issues. The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UNPFII, under ECOSOC, The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, EMRIP, and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples, both under the Human Rights Council.

In 2003 ICC established an Advisory Committee on United Nations Issues composed by Executive Council members and other experts on the area.