Fourteenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The fourteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in UN Headquarters, New York from 20 April to 1 May 2015.

Programme of the Opening Session
(Monday, 20 April 2015 (11:00am – 1pm)
General Assembly Hall


The Registration Desk will be open on:
Sunday, 19 April: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, 20 April to Wednesday 22 April: 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday 23 April and for the duration of the Forum: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please note: The Registration Desk will close each day from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Online pre-registration has now closed.

For those who have preregistered, upon arrival at the United Nations Headquarters, representatives of indigenous peoples' organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) requiring entry-passes for admission to the UN complex will be screened at the UN Visitors Entrance at 46th Street and 1st Avenue and then proceed to the registration desk to complete their registration and pick up their entry-passes. Remember to bring a printed copy of your confirmation letter and government ID, such as a passport or driver's license.

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PLEASE DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT this year's Forum session is primarily focused on the Reform of our Methods of Work.  
In relation to our efforts to make the annual sessions more constructive and focused, we have prepared the following Concept Notes to draw your attention to specific topics and key questions related to four areas of focus for the Fourteenth Session.
We are especially keen to gain your Feedback & Ideas for Reform of the PFII.  We respectfully request that you do not approach the Fourteenth Session in the same way that you may have engaged in previous sessions.  We are genuinely trying to make the PFII a more effective mechanism within the UN system and request that you do not draft lengthy interventions for each item on the agenda and do your utmost on behalf of your respective constituency to remain focused on how to improve our overall work, both within and outside of the UN. 
Therefore, please turn your thoughts and minds to two matters:
1. Feedback on how the Forum currently functions and operates;
2. Ideas for reform of Forum annual sessions; and
3. Constructive and substantive responses to the questions posed in the Concept Notes shown herein.
All interventions should be framed in light of the questions and ideas laid out in the following Concept Notes on the opening page of the PFII.
As you will see in the Program of Work for the Fourteenth Session, we have dedicated a majority of the morning and afternoon sessions to the topic of future work.  We look forward to your innovative and creative ideas and proposals for reform.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Provisional Agenda (with Concept Notes to guide the discussions)

  1. Election of officers
  2. Adoption of the agenda and organization of work.
  3. Follow-up on the recommendations of the Permanent Forum:
    1. Outcome of the high-level plenary meeting also known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; (Concept Note EN | ES | FR | RU)
    2. Post-2015 development agenda; (Concept Note EN | ES | FR | RU)
    3. Youth, self-harm and suicide (Concept Note EN | ES | FR | RU)
  4. Half-day discussion on the Pacific region. (Concept Note EN | ES | FR | RU)
  5. Half-day discussion on the expert group meeting on the theme “Dialogue on an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. (Report of the meeting AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  6. Comprehensive dialogue with United Nations agencies and funds: Post-2015 Development Agenda, with special focus on Food, Hunger and Disease (Concept Note EN | ESFR | RU)
  7. Human rights with focus on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: (Concept Note EN | ESFR | RU
    1. Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
    2. Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  8. Future work of the Permanent Forum, including issues of the Economic and Social Council and emerging issues. (Concept Note EN | ES | FR | RU)
  9. Draft agenda for the fifteenth session of the Permanent Forum.
  10. Adoption of the report of the Permanent Forum on its fourteenth session.

Proposed Organization of Work by day:

AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH


Media Backgrounders/Factsheets:

  • Indigenous Peoples and Post-2015 Development Agenda,
    with focus on Hunger and Disease (EN | ES | FR)
  • Youth, Self-harm and Suicide (EN | ES | FR)
  • The Pacific Region (EN | ES | FR)
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (EN | ES | FR)
April 20, 2015 at 9am - May 01, 2015 April 20, 2015 at 9am - May 01, 2015
UN Headquarters, New York
United States
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