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EventsNews“Post 2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples health and well-being

Monday 10 August 3:00-6:00PM
ECOSOC Chamber , UNHQ, New York

“Post 2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples health and well-being”

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The observance of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples will take place on Monday 10 August 2015 in ECOSOC Chamber, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

As part of the commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Department of Public Information and the NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples are organizing an event that will bring together indigenous peoples organizations, UN agencies, Member States and the general public. This year the theme will be on “Post 2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples health and well-being”.

To register for this event please send an email to Mr. Nicolas Magnien at and Mr. Arturo Requesens at indicating full name and organization affiliation. You will receive an email confirming your registration.

The deadline to register to attend the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is Tuesday 4 August 2015.

Holders of valid UNHQ grounds passes do not need to register.

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March 9-11, 2015

Padilha Vidal Room,


Washington, D.C.

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EventsFilm Screening: Crude, The Real Price of Oil.

Coming up a week from today... Friday, February 6th, 8 pm, hope to see you for this screening and discussion in Kingsbridge, Bronx.

Bronx Climate Justice North and Church of the Mediator in the Kingsbridge neighborhood of the Bronx, present a screening and discussion of the 2009 eco-documentary “Crude, The Real Price of Oil.”

Directed by Joe Berlinger, this riveting film tells the story of the “Amazon Chernobyl,” and the world’s largest oil-related environmental lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against the oil giant Chevron, over damage to human and environmental health in the rainforests of Ecuador.

“A sprawling legal thriller with rare depth and power.” — Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“A gripping account of corporate malfeasance.” — Time Out, London

“Fascinating and important.” — Christiane Amanpour, CNN

Join us at 8 PM on Friday, February 6 at the Church of the Mediator, 260 W. 231st St, at Kingsbridge Ave in the Bronx, just two blocks west of the 231st St. stop on the #1 line. Go to the basement door on the right-hand side of the church, toward the back of the building. We’ll have refreshments and discussion following the screening.

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EventsCSW59 – 2015

CSW59/Beijing+20 (2015) The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs)  from all regions of the world attend the session. – See more at:

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EventsExpert Group Meeting: “Dialogue on an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, 27 – 29 January 2015

Title: Expert Group Meeting: “Dialogue on an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, 27 – 29 January 2015
Location: United Nations Headquarters
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Description: UN Headquarters, New York
27 – 29 January 2015

The Expert Group Meeting on the theme “Dialogue on an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, to be based on the study prepared on that topic (E/C.19/2014/7) and having a focus on land, territories and resource rights, together with all of the rights contained in the UN Declaration, in particular the right to self-determination, self-government and autonomy, as well as issues raised at the thirteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is being organized following a decision by the Economic and Social Council, authorizing a three day international expert group meeting.

The results of the meeting will be reported to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at its fourteenth session in April and May 2015.

Representatives from indigenous peoples’ organizations, non-governmental organizations and others who are interested in attending the meeting are advised to contact Ms. Maia Campbell ( or Ms. Sonia Smallacombe(

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the meeting and limitations of space, not all requests for participation in the meeting will be able to be accommodated. Please note that participants will be required to cover their own travel, accommodation and related arrangements.

Please click here for more information regarding this meeting
Start Date: 2015-01-27
End Date: 2015-01-29

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EventsNewsCelebrating Maasai Culture and Girls Education and Leadership

Hosted by Brighter Green and Tribal Link Foundation at the loft of Thomas Rochon, 100 Grand Street, 6th Floor, NYC (between Mercer and Green Street, Soho)

Brighter Green and Tribal Link Foundation cordially invite you to a celebration of Maasai culture and girls education and leadership on November 16, 2014 from 3 to 5:30 PM. The afternoon will include special guests Nketoria Susan Naserian and Senkeyian Samson Tirike, our Kenyan colleagues who will speak on Maasai culture as well as the specific education struggles young women face. In addition, you will learn more about Brighter Green and Tribal Link Foundation’s joint East African Girls’ Leadership Initiative that educates Maasai young women from Kenya and Tanzania. Traditional Maasai bead work handcrafted in Kenya will also be for sale.

The East African Girls’ Leadership Initiative, now in its fifth year, educates Maasai young women from Kenya and Tanzania and provides leadership training so that they can become advocates and leaders for women and indigenous peoples.  All of our participants have graduated high school and are now in higher education.  They are currently studying a wide range of subjects from women’s studies to environmental preservation and journalism.  As we continue to nurture these young leaders, we also encourage you to make a donation to help support the increasing costs of higher education.
For more information on the program, please take a look at the program page, here.
Please RSVP by November 14th to
If you have any questions about the event or the program in general, please contact Pamela Kraft at 917-439-6443 or
Take the 6 train to Canal Street, walk two blocks north to Grand Street, walk west to 100 Grand Street, between Mercer and Greene.
Or, take the 1 train to Canal Street, walk two blocks north, then east to 100 Grand Street
*Please push the 6th floor elevator button for access to the loft*
We hope to see you on Sunday, November 16th, for this joyous and exciting event.
Best wishes,
Brighter Green and Tribal Link
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EventsNews‘Largely Invisible’ in Millennium Goals Era, Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge, Traditions Key to Sustainable Future, Third Committee Told

Sixty-ninth session, 19th & 20th Meetings (AM & PM)
With the Millennium Development Goals failing aboriginal peoples of the world, their knowledge and traditional practices must help to guide the post-2015 development agenda towards mapping a more inclusive, sustainable future, the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) heard today, as it began its general discussion on their rights, a month after the historic first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

While Member States had put significant effort into Millennium Development Goals, indigenous peoples had remained “largely invisible” in the process, according to Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Coordinator of the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People, in a statement delivered on his behalf by Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-agency Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

At the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September, the first one ever organized by the United Nations, Mr. Gass said the outcome document had requested the Secretary-General to include relevant information on indigenous peoples in the final Millennium Development Goals report.  “Although we have become better at talking about indigenous peoples,” he concluded, “there remains a major gap between words and actions.”

Other high-level speakers and delegates came to similar conclusions during an interactive debate.  Invisible in national statistics, said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, they must be considered and involved in any decisions made that would affect them.

Development strategies must take into account their languages, traditions, livelihood strategies and autonomous institutions, she said.  In contrast to the Millennium Goals, the proposed sustainable development goals presented a unique opportunity to address the inequalities suffered by the world’s indigenous peoples.  Their inclusion in discussions was essential, she urged.

The United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples had supported the participation of 105 indigenous peoples’ representatives at the World Conference, Maarit Kohinen Sheriff, Deputy Head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York, told delegates as she delivered a statement on behalf of Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

Given United Nations cooperation with indigenous peoples’ representatives regarding the World Conference, Finland’s speaker, during the ensuing general debate, called for their participation at the seventieth session of the General Assembly.

Several Member States commended the World Conference as a historic achievement.  The representative of Nicaragua highlighted the open and inclusive dialogue that had resulted in the outcome document and said that the indigenous peoples had requested a development-based approach to human rights that respected their cultural identity.  According to Mexico’s representative, the World Conference and adoption of its outcome document reflected the maturity of Member States in recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples.  She called on the international community to ensure a cross-cutting inclusion of indigenous issues in the post-2015 agenda.

Several delegates spoke about their country’s accomplishments in promoting indigenous people’s rights.  Colombia’s representative said that the legal and institutional framework in her country for those rights was recognized as one of the most advanced in the world.  Special political representation and collective land ownership were two examples of that.  Japan’s delegate noted that her Government had recognized the Ainu people as an indigenous community and was establishing a Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony in Hokkaido to revitalize Ainu culture.

Looking ahead, the United States representative said her country was moving into a new era of partnership between the Government and indigenous peoples.  Overcoming the historic grievances about resources and territories was part of the process of reconciliation, she told the Committee.

Also speaking today were representatives of Belize, speaking on behalf of Caribbean Community, Australia, Russian Federation, Cuba, Philippines, Panama, Suriname, China, South Africa, Guyana, Peru, Iran, Malaysia, Paraguay, New Zealand, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, El Salvador, Congo, Tanzania, Brazil, Chile, Cameroon, Ukraine, Guatemala and Costa Rica, as well as the European Union and the Holy See.

Officials representing the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Labour Organization also delivered statements.

Exercising the right of reply, the representative of the Russian Federation also spoke.

The Third Committee will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 21 October, when it is expected to begin its debate on the promotion and protection of human rights.


The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met this morning to begin its consideration of the rights of indigenous people.  Before it were notes by the Secretary-General transmitting reports of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Status of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples (document A/69/278) and of the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the rights of indigenous peoples (document A/69/267).  Also before the Committee was a report of the Secretary-General on the achievement of the goal and objectives of the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (document A/69/271).


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