Consultations on the participation of Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations
In November 2015 the General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/70/232, entitled “Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, requested the President of the General Assembly, to conduct consultations with Member States, indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions from all regions of the world, and existing relevant mechanisms of the United Nations, on the possible measures necessary, including procedural and institutional steps and selection criteria, to enable the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of relevant United Nations bodies on issues affecting them.
The General Assembly also requested the President to prepare a compilation of the views presented during the consultations, including good practices within the United Nations regarding indigenous peoples’ participation, which will form the basis for a draft text to be finalized and adopted by the Assembly during its seventy-first session.
On 7 March the President of the General Assembly, along with his four advisers (Mr. Kai Sauer, Permanent Representative of Finland, Mrs. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Permanent Representative of Ghana, Dr. Claire Charters from the Pacific region and Dr. James Anaya from the North American region) launched the consultation process to consider the participation of indigenous peoples at the United Nations. The initial phase of the consultations involves seeking inputs from Member States and indigenous peoples electronically and the Advisers have requested that proposals be sent to the following email address: [email protected]
The proposals could address, inter alia, the following elements:
(a) Procedures and modalities that will make the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives meaningful and effective;
(b) Criteria for determining the eligibility of indigenous peoples’ representatives for accreditation as such;
(c) Nature and membership of a body to determine the eligibility of indigenous peoples’ representatives for accreditation;
(d) Details of the process, including the information required to be submitted to obtain accreditation as an indigenous peoples’ representative.
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