The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It was established by the ECOSOC resolution 2000/22 on July 28, 2000. In this resolution the UNPFII was given a mandate to "discuss indigenous issues within the mandate of the Council related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights".
According to its mandate, the Permanent Forum will:
- provide expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the Council, as well as to programmes, funds and agencies of the United Nations, through the Council
- raise awareness and promote the integration and coordination of activities related to indigenous issues within the UN system
- prepare and disseminate information on indigenous issues
The Permanent Forum holds annual two-week sessions. The first meeting of the Permanent Forum was held in May 2002, and yearly sessions take place in New York.
Read more on the UNPFII website
Relevant reports from the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be posted below, including links to documents.
March 3, 2012 - <media 446 - - "TEXT, UNPF11 goodpractices report, UNPF11_goodpractices_report.pdf, 95 KB">Note by the secretariat</media>:
Indigenous participatory mechanisms in the Arctic Council, the Circumpolar Inuit Declaration on Resource Development Principles in Inuit Nunaat and the Laponia management system
At its tenth session in May 2011, the Permanent Forum decided to appoint Dalee Sambo Dorough, a member of the Forum, to conduct a study, as examples of good practice, of the indigenous participatory mechanisms in the Arctic Council, the Circumpolar Inuit Declaration on Resource Development Principles in Inuit Nunaat, and the Laponia management system, to be submitted to the eleventh session of the Permanent Forum.