The 13th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) was held May 12 – 23, 2014, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This year’s special theme was “Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Articles 3 to 6 and 46”.

The UNPFII was established in 2000 by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the mandate to “discuss indigenous issues within the mandate of the Council relating to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights” and held its’ first forum on 2001. The UNPFII provides expert advice and recommendations to ECOSOC through its annual session report and work throughout the year. The Permanent Forum consists of sixteen independent experts including eight who are directly nominated by Indigenous organizations in their regions. Click here to learn more about the UNPFII.

During the meeting, Indigenous Peoples organizations and non-governmental organizations with ECOSOC status make statements on specific agenda items. These recommendations are reviewed by the UNFII members and incorporated into the annual report. Click here to read UNPFII session reports.


Click here for a full listing of UNPFII13 interventions compiled by DOCIP