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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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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

8 August 2014
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 by Monday 4 August 6:00pm (New York Time).

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General Assembly Interactive Hearing – World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

General Assembly Interactive Hearing
 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples -

17-18 June  - UN Headquarters, New York

On 17-18 June an informal interactive hearing with representatives of indigenous peoples and representatives of entities of the United Nations system, academic institutions, national human rights institutions, parliamentarians, civil society and non-governmental organizations, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the present resolution, to provide valuable input into the preparatory process for the World Conference.

Online pre-registration is open.  Please click here to pre-register.

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Tenth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goal


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:

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Taino Identity Beyond Columbus

A free event open to the public

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Trust Fund on Indigenous Issues–2014 Call for Proposals

Title: Trust Fund on Indigenous Issues–2014 Call for Proposals
Location: New York
Link out: Click here
Description: This year, priority will be given to projects that focus on the areas of (i) culture (with a specific focus on indigenous languages); and (ii) the environment (with a specific focus on the respect of the principle of free, prior and informed consent).
Start Date: 2013-09-23
End Date: 2013-11-01

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Twelfth Session of the Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues, May 20-31, 2013

The Division for Social Policy and Development of UNDESA is organizing the 12th Session of the Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues from 20 to 31 May 2013. More than 2,000 indigenous participants from all regions of the world are gathering in New York for the session – the second largest event held at UN Headquarters each year.

For the first time, the meeting is going “PaperSmart” this year. In the interest of reducing the UN’s carbon footprint, information is available in various digital formats – through an e-Portal – with print-on-demand services in meetings rooms.
Except for the opening, which will take place in the General Assembly Hall, the meeting is held in the newly renovated Trusteeship Council Chamber. However, the Capital Master Plan has presented some logistical hurdles, especially for the cultural event to be held in the evening of 21 May in the Visitors’ Lobby, where it is harder to accommodate the performers and the numerous guests expected.
With youth as one of themes in focus since last January, when the Forum convened an Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Youth, a great number of young indigenous people are attending the session. Several indigenous persons with disabilities will also attend the meeting and raise awareness for the particular challenges they face. Indigenous women are keeping the spotlight on issues such as violations of their rights, but also on their role as leaders and actors of change.
“As every year, many crucial themes are brought before the Forum, and with the participation of Member States, UN agencies, NGOs and indigenous peoples’ organization, the Forum will also tackle some of the historic challenges coming up, such as the post-2015 development agenda and the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples,” said Chandra Roy-Henriksen, the Chief of the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
The two-week session is opening today, 20 May, at 11a.m. in the General Assembly Hall, with statements by the Vice-President of the 67th Session of the General Assembly, the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council, and the Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, preceded by a welcome by the Chief of the Onondaga Nation, Todadaho Sid Hill.
Cultural Event
A cultural event with indigenous musicians and dancers from around the world – including Azar from Algeria, Ch’uwa Yaku from Bolivia, and Silverclouds from the United States – will take place on Tuesday evening, 21 May, starting at 6:15 p.m. in the Visitors’ Lobby.
Side Events
More than 70 side events, organized by Member States, UN entities, other intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum and other stakeholders, will highlight various aspects of indigenous issues. The full list of side events can be found here.
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