United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues (UNPFII):
UNPFII called for inclusion of indigenous people in socio-economic development, and conservation of the environment.
- The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high-level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council.
- The Forum was established on 28 July 2000 by resolution 2000/22.
- It has the mandate to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.
- The first meeting of the Permanent Forum was held in May 2002, with yearly sessions thereafter.
- The Forum usually meets for 10 days each year, at the UN Headquarters in New York.
- The Permanent Forum is one of three UN bodies that is mandated to deal specifically with indigenous peoples’ issues.
- The others are the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of indigenous peoples.
- The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is the largest international gathering of Indigenous Peoples, with more than 1000 participants expected to attend.
- The 22nd Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will convene in New York from 17 to 28 April 2023.
- It has the theme “Indigenous Peoples, human health, planetary and territorial health and climate change: a rights-based Approach”.