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EMRIP: Information on the 11th session

EMRIP: Information on the 11th session

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UN Background Documents

Here you can find a list of important and relevant documents in regards of indigenous rights and your work during the EMRIP.


The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday, 13 September 2007,

Today UNDRIP is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples. It establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world and it elaborates on existing human rights standards as they apply to their specific situation.

You can find the declaration here:

The outcome document of the World conference on Indigenous Peoples

In 2014, the World conference on Indigenous Peoples took place in New York in order to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The two-day conference included three roundtables and a panel discussion. The roundtable were held on the following topics:

1)    UN system action for the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

2)    Implementing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the national and local level

3)    Indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources

The panel’s topic was: Indigenous priorities for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda

The World Conference resulted outcome document, which is available here:

For more information visit the official website of the World conference: or

The UN summary of the two days is available here:

System-wide action Plan (SWAP)

At the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, the General Assembly requested the development of a system-wide action plan for a coherent approach to achieving the ends of UNDRIP.

The SWAP covers six elements:

1)    Raise awareness on UNDRIP

2)    Support the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, particularly at the country level

3)    Support the realisation of indigenous peoples’ rights in the implementation and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable   Development

4)    Map existing standards and guidelines, capacities, training materials and resources within the United Nations system, international financial institutions and the members of the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues for the effective implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

5)    Develop the capacities of States, indigenous peoples, civil society and United Nations personnel

6)    Advance the participation of indigenous peoples in United Nations processes

For more details, visit:

The complete System-wide action plan (in all UN languages) can be found here:

The ILO Convention 169

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is responsible for the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169), the only international treaty open for ratification that deals exclusively with the rights of indigenous peoples . 22 countries have ratified it by today.

The ILO Convention 169:

For general information, visit:

The 2030 Agenda:

  • The United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on 25 September 2015.
  • The Agenda came into effect on 1 January 2016 and will carry through the next 15 years. It is a broad and universal policy agenda, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 associated targets which are described as integrated and indivisible. 
  • The recent report from the 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has a dedicated section with recommendations related to the 2030 Agenda:

In contrast to the MDGs, the SDGs explicitly include indigenous peoples. Two of the SDG targets make specific references to indigenous peoples, committing to double agricultural output of indigenous small-scale farmers and to ensure equal access to education for indigenous children. There is also a strong commitment in the 2030 Agenda to empower and engage indigenous peoples in implementing and reviewing progress in achieving the goals.

The resolution on Participation of Indigenous Peoples at the UN

On 8 September 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted, without a vote, a resolution titled, “enhancing the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of relevant United Nations bodies on issues affecting them”


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