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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: 



Report from the 18TH UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues May 23rd, 2019

Hundreds of Indigenous Peoples from across the globe gathered at the UN Headquarters, New York, for the Eighteenth Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) held from 25 April to 2 May. The theme for the 2019 UNPFII is “traditional knowledge: generation, transmission, protection.” The UN describes the indigenous peoples as the inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of dominant societies in which they live. The UNPFII was established in the year 2000, by a UN resolution with the mandate to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health, and human rights.  

According to a report by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the estimated 370 million indigenous peoples who reside in approximately 90 countries are among the most marginalized peoples in the world. The report noted that indigenous peoples are often isolated politically and socially within the countries where they reside by the geographical location of their communities, their separate histories, cultures, languages, and traditions.

To safeguard the human rights of the indigenous peoples, therefore, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the resolution in 2007 on the  UN Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration provides a comprehensive framework of minimum standards of economic, social, and cultural well-being and rights of the world’s indigenous peoples. Again, in 2016, the UNGA adopted a resolution declaring 2019 a Year of Indigenous Languages.

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International Year of Indigenous Languages:
Reports on Indigenous Peoples Rights:


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.

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