8 August 2014
3:00PM-6:00PM
United Nations Headquarters

New York
ECOSOC Chamber

International Day of Indigenous
 

” Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples”

As the International Day falls on a Saturday, the Day will be observed at UN Headquarters on Friday 8 August 2014 in the ECOSOC Chamber from 3pm to 6pm. It will be organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in cooperation with the NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

The Commemoration for the International Day is open to the public. If you are interested in attending please send an email with your name, affiliation and contact information torequesens@un.org by Monday 4 August 6:00pm (New York Time).

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Pre-Registration for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Pre-registration is now OPEN for the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples which will take place on 22 September and on the afternoon of 23 September 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York. Please click here for more information.

*** Pre-registration is OPEN, the deadline is Tuesday, 29 July 2014 ***

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A new publication entitled “Indigenous Peoples Guidebook on Free Prior and Informed Consent and Corporate Standards” identifies the Natural Resource Stewardship Circle (NRSC) as a best practice in private sector standard setting processes. The publication, developed by First Peoples World Wide (FPW), the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), and Trillium Asset Management (Trillium), seeks to provide a range of strategies that Indigenous Peoples can choose from to secure their rights, “based on what best suits their needs and talents.” The first section of this Guidebook lists the public-sector mechanisms adopted at the international level by governments, while the second section lists the pri­vate-sector mechanisms.

As the public sector seeks to better develop partnerships with the private sector toward finalizing the United Nations post-2015 Development Agenda, the Guidebook serves as a timely “resource for Indigenous Peoples affected by business activities” at various levels. Whether they are in negotiations with corporations, working to strengthen government protections, or seeking redress for violations of their rights, Indigenous Peoples can engage both public-sector and private-sector strategies to advocate for their rights and pave the way for culturally-appropriate development.

Within this context, the Tribal Link Foundation recommended a case study on the NRSC to the publications developers, who independently assessed the merits of inclusion.  The study includes region of operation, membership size and membership requirements, member examples, specific language addressing Indigenous Peoples, and an organizational summary including highlights from the NRSC’s mission.  The Guide also features High Level Indigenous contributors including International Chief Wilton Littlechild, Chair, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Myrna Cunningham, member and former Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).  The Guidebook, available electronically in both English and Spanish, was presented at side-event during the 13th session of the UNPFII this past May.

FPW is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to strengthening Indigenous communities through the restoration of their authority and control over their assets. IITC is an organization of Indigenous Peoples working for the sovereignty and self-determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous rights, treaties, traditional cultures and sacred lands. Trillium is an independent investment management firm providing equity, balanced, and fixed income portfolios dedicated solely to sustainable and responsible investing. The inclusion of the NRSC case study in this publication is significant as it provides positive international visibility and endorsement of the Circle’s commitment to Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.

Review the NRSC case study on pp. 54-56: http://firstpeoples.org/corporate-engagement/fpic-guidebook

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Threatened tribes visit UN to fight for indigenous issues

23 May 2014

New York is one of the most diverse cities in the world – but for the past two weeks it has been even more cosmopolitan than usual.

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues attracted people from almost every continent. Many of them had never left their country before.

The BBC spent time with a group including a Maori, a Masai and a Sioux as well as a Mororo from Cameroon and a Khoisan from South Africa.

They discussed their shared concerns over how to protect their lands and traditions – and held late-night sessions preparing to deliver speeches at the UN.

Produced by the BBC’s Anna Bressanin

VIEW THE VIDEO PROGRAM AT http://m.bbc.com/news/magazine-27509957

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UNPFII 13th Session

Thirteenth Session of the Permanent Forum

12-23 May 2014
Trusteeship Council Chamber
UN Headquarters, New York

Pre-registration

NEW organizations:
Pre-registration is now:
 CLOSED

Organizations which have previously participated:
Pre-registration is:
 OPEN
Deadline: 30 April 2014

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Compendium

The compilation is the product of submissions made by members of the UN inter-agency technical support team (TST). It is an unofficial compilation intended solely for information for information of the OWG and Member States. Given the very large number of existing intergovernmental commitments, the compilation is of necessity not exhaustive or complete. As more information is received, the compilation will be updated.

31 Mar 2014 – 4 Apr 2014 
New York, UNHQ

Indigenous Peoples are participating via the Major Group process. Visit: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/owg10.html

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12-23 May 2014
United Nations Headquarters, New York
Special Theme: 
“Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles 3 to 6 and 46”

Pre-Registration is now: OPEN

>>>How to Participate
>>>Documents
>>>Side Events

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