United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues:
India’s representative at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) faced criticism from Adivasi rights activists for stating that the concept of ‘indigenous people’ was not applicable in the Indian context.
- The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which India has ratified, recognizes the rights of Indigenous people, including their right to self-determination, and the government’s position goes against this international declaration.
- Every year, on 9 August, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is marked.
- UNPFII est in 2000; HQ: New York
- It is the UN’s central coordinating body for matters relating to the concerns and rights of the world’s indigenous peoples.
- It is to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights
- Function is to promote the integration and coordination of activities relating to Indigenous Peoples’ issues within the UN system, and promote respect for and full application of the provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and follow up on its effectiveness