Processes related to the Permanent Forum
This year, the Forum members have decided to change the structure of the annual session:
- The first week will be open plenary meetings. A condensed schedule during the first week will address all substantive agenda items.
- During the second week, members of the Forum will hold informal meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples, Member States and UN entities. The purpose of these meetings will be to draw on information presented during the first week, and channel this into policy recommendations that are strategic, focused and actionable.
Following up the General Assembly (GA) commitment to consider ways to enable the participation of indigenous peoples in meetings of relevant United Nations bodies on issues affecting them, the Secretary-General is requested to seek input for indigenous peoples from all regions of the world in preparing the report to be submitted at its seventy-fourth session, and in this regards encourages the Secretary-General to hold regional consultations.
An Expert Group Meeting took place from 23-25 January 2018 on the topic “Sustainable Development in territories of indigenous peoples”, as proposed by Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The aim was to identify best practices and lessons learned and to develop policy recommendations. According to Article 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, “Indigenous peoples, in exercising their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing their autonomous functions.”.
Linked to Article 4, the Expert Meeting focused on the relationship between types of autonomy and the opportunity for indigenous peoples in a sustainable way to develop health, housing, and other economic and social programmes. In light of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and in line with its slogan “leaving no one behind”, it establishes 17 goals in which the development of indigenous peoples must be embodied.
For this reason, the main four points of discussion at the workshop were:
- Sustainable Development in the territories of indigenous peoples
- Regional cases of autonomy in territories of indigenous peoples
- The challenges from land grabbing and natural resource extraction and large-scale development projects
- Indigenous vision for sustainable development.
More information about the EGM is available here: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/meetings-and-workshops/egm2018.html
The UNPFII report on lands, territories and resources (7th session):
The summary of the roundtable of the World conference on lands, territories and resources: