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21st Session: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is April 25-May 6, 2022 April 22nd, 2022

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a forum mandated to address issues faced by Indigenous Peoples related to economic and social development, culture, environment, health, and human rights.

More specifically, UNPFII:

  • provides expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
  • raises awareness and promotes the integration and coordination of activities related to indigenous issues within the UN system
  • prepares and disseminates information on issues faced by Indigenous Peoples
  • promotes respect for and full application of the provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and its followup 

For more information on NGO scheduled events download the Justice Coalition of Religious’ (JCOR) event guide.

All open meetings of UNPFII will be streamed at: UN WebTV

Official website for UNPFII21: 



UN Update: Fall 2012 November 18th, 2012


In 2000 the United Nations agreed on eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to address the needs of the worlds poorest by 2015. While efforts to achieve the original MDGs continue, the UN has launched a global conversation to determine steps after 2015. An Inter-Governmental Working Group is preparing Sustainable Development Goals, and a High Level Panel of twenty-six members of government, civil society and the private sector is working on a Post-2015 Development Agenda. Beyond2015, a coalition of 400+ organizations, is also addressing this issue. UN Agencies are leading nine thematic consultations and more than fifty national discussions. Countries participating in consultations include Brazil, Peru, Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa; plans are in place to add more countries to the list. For an overview of the entire Post-2015 process, go to (in English, French, and Spanish).

There is a good opportunity for participation in a collaborative effort between the United Nations and civil society: The World We Want Campaign invites people around the world to share their visions for the post-2015 world. Materials are accessible in multiple languages.

Go to and click on your language.



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Canada Endorses UN Indigenous Rights Declaration November 17th, 2010

The Government of Canada formally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on November 12.

“We understand and respect the importance of this United Nations Declaration to Indigenous peoples in Canada and worldwide,” said the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians. “Canada has endorsed the Declaration to further reconcile and strengthen our relationship with Aboriginal peoples in Canada.”

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US Public Comments on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Requested June 9th, 2010

Written comments must be submitted by July 15, 2010

UN-DeclarationThe Department of State and other Federal Agencies are scheduling meetings and inviting comments concerning the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. On April 20, 2010, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice announced at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues that the United States is reviewing their position on the Declaration.

Government agencies are currently scheduling meetings with tribal leaders, stakeholders and NGOs to discuss the reexamination of the UNDRIP by the US. Exact dates and locations for the meetings will be announced on their website:

Comments can be sent by email to or by mail to S/SR Global Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW., Suite 1317, Washington, DC 20520. Written comments are due by July 15, 2010.

The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples February 18th, 2010

SOWIP_cover100The States of the World’s Indigenous People – a report issued by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – is now available.

Indigenous peoples contribute extensively to the cultural diversity of humanity, being responsible for more than two thirds of its languages and an extraordinary amount of its traditional knowledge.

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