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Elections of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2017 - 2019


2016-06-11

The Docip would like to congratulate all members warmly for their election and wish them a successful work in the Permanent Forum. We are happy to collaborate with them and support them during the Permanent Forum sessions.

About the election of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The Permanent Forum is comprised of sixteen independent experts, functioning in their personal capacity, who serve for a term of three years as Members and may be re-elected or re-appointed for one additional term.

Eight of the Members are nominated by governments and eight are nominated directly by indigenous organizations in their regions.

The Members nominated by governments are elected by ECOSOC based on the five regional groupings of States normally used at the United Nations (Africa; Asia; Eastern Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Western Europe and Other States).

The Members nominated by indigenous organizations are appointed by the President of ECOSOC and represent the seven socio-cultural regions determined to give broad representation to the world’s indigenous peoples. The regions are Africa; Asia; Central and South America and the Caribbean; the Arctic; Central and Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; North America; and the Pacific — with one additional rotating seat among the three first listed above. The rotating seat is taken by Africa during the 2017-2019 term.

The term begins on 1 January 2017 and concludes on 31 December 2019

Members nominated by Indigenous Organizations

Africa (2 seats):
Ms. Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine (Mali)  (re-elected)
Mr. Elifuhara Laltaika (United Republic of Tanzania)

The Arctic:
Ms. Ann Nuorgam (Finland)

Asia:
Mr. Phoolman Chaudhary (Nepal)

North America:
Ms. Terri Henry (United States of America)

Central and South America and the Caribbean:
Ms. Lourdes Tiban Guala (Ecuador)

Central and Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia:
Mr. Dimitri Zaitcev (Russian Federation)

The Pacific:
Mr. Les Malezer (Australia)

Members nominated by governments

Ms. Aisa Mukabenova (Russian Federation) (re-elected)
Mr. Brian Keane (United States of America)
Mr. Gervais Nzoa (Cameroon) (re-elected)
Mr. Jens Dahl (Denmark)
Mr. Jesus Guadalupe Fuentes Blanco (Mexico)
Mr. Seyed Moshen Emadi (Iran)
Ms. Tarcila Rivera Zea (Peru)

Observation: Joan Carling (Philippines), Maria Eugenia Choque Quispe (Paraguay) and Kara-Kys Arakchaa (Russian Federation), actual members of UNPFII and nominated for a second term by the Indigenous Organizations have not been appointed by the President of ECOSOC.

View the election results on the UNPFII website