‘The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high-level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC),’ writes Dr Despoina Afroditi Milaki, IPA NGO Representative at the UN.
‘The Forum was established on 28 July 2000 by resolution 2000/22, with the mandate to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. The first meeting of the Permanent Forum was held in May 2002, with yearly sessions thereafter. In addition to the six mandated areas, each session is thematically focused on a specific issue.
‘The twenty-second session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will take place at United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 17-28 April 2023. The priority theme of the 22nd session is: “Indigenous Peoples, human health, planetary and territorial health and climate change: a rights-based approach”. The sessions will take place in-person only. All open meetings of the Forum will be streamed at www.webtv.un.org.’
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