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Review of the mandate of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Background In the Outcome Document of the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (General Assembly Resolution 69/2, September 2014), the General Assembly invited the Human Rights Council, taking into account the views of indigenous peoples, to review the mandates of its existing mechanisms, in particular the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with a view to modifying and improving the Expert Mechanism so that it can more effectively promote respect for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including by better assisting Member States to monitor, evaluate and improve the achievement of the ends of the Declaration. In September 2015, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 30/11, which requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to convene a two-day expert workshop to review the mandate of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to propose recommendations on how it can more effectively promote respect for the Declaration. Expert Workshop In order to implement resolution 30/11, OHCHR is organizing a two day expert workshop with the following objectives:
  • To propose recommendations on how the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can more effectively promote respect for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including by better assisting Member States to monitor, evaluate and improve the achievement of the ends of the Declaration.
  • To assess of the work of the Expert Mechanism since its establishment, including good practices, challenges, gaps and lessons learned.
  • To collect, discuss and propose recommendations by various stakeholders regarding the review of the mandate of the Expert Mechanism.
The workshop is scheduled to take place on 4 and 5 April 2016 in room XXVI of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Written Contributions Written contributions from States, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders are requested in order to ensure broad input to the review of the Expert Mechanism’s mandate and will be received until 14 March 2016. The questionnaire below has been designed to guide written contributions. The questionnaire below is designed to guide written contributions from States, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders to the Expert Workshop on the review of the Expert Mechanism. It will also be made available online at:http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IPeoples/EMRIP/Pages/Reviewofthemandate.aspx Download: EMRIP Questionnaire for Written Contributions
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