China and U.S. clash as Beijing wins seat on U.N. indigenous peoples forum despite Uighur detentions

UNITED NATIONS - China assailed the United States on Tuesday for calling on countries to deprive Beijing of a seat at a U.N. forum over its treatment of the Uighur minority.

It was the second time in as many weeks that the two countries openly clashed at the United Nations over the rights of the Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities held in camps in China’s Xinjiang region.

Last week, the United States invited the head of the World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, to address the U.N. forum on indigenous peoples, infuriating China.

U.S. diplomat Courtney Nemoff said ahead of elections on Tuesday that China’s treatment of Uighurs should be a factor in deciding on membership to the forum tasked with protecting indigenous people worldwide.

“The United States is alarmed that more than a million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other Muslims have suffered arbitrary detention, forced labor, torture and death in camps in China’s Xinjiang” region, said Nemoff. “These atrocities must be stopped. We call on member states to bear this in mind in this important forum.”

A Chinese diplomat took the floor to strongly reject the U.S. statement.

“The U.S. representative made an unreasonable accusation against China and defamation against China,” he said, expressing Beijing’s “strong displeasure over this and our firm opposition to it.”

Read full story here: The Japan Times

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Registration for United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Now Open

Please read the instructions on UNPFII website carefully before registering.

Deadline for registration for NGOs with ECOSOC Status, IPOs and Academics that have participated at previous sessions of the Permanent Forum is 8 April 2019.

Deadline for online application for approval for New IPOs and Academics participating for the first time at a session of the Permanent Forum is 25 March 2019.

#WeAreIndigenous #UNPFII2019

For more information visit: https://bit.ly/2V2B6Rp

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Tadadaho Sid Hill at United Nations

Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ resolution adopted by the 3rd committee

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly at its 73rd session adopted a new resolution on the “Rights of indigenous peoples”. The resolution reaffirmed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which addresses the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples.

It reaffirmed also the outcome document of the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, held in New York on 22 and 23 September 2014, 7 in which Heads of State and Government, ministers and representatives of Member States reiterated the important and continuing role of the United Nations in promoting and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples, recalling the inclusive preparatory process for the high-level plenary meeting, including the comprehensive engagement of the representatives of indigenous peoples, and welcoming and reaffirming the commitments, measures and efforts undertaken by States, the United Nations system, indigenous peoples and other actors in its implementation.

Read the full resolution here: العربية | 中文 | English | Français | Русский | Español

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UN General Assembly Informal Interactive Hearing with Indigenous Peoples

Call for applications: UN General Assembly Informal Interactive Hearing with Indigenous Peoples

Pursuant to General Assembly Resolution A/RES/71/321 which aims at enhancing the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of relevant United Nations bodies on issues affecting them, an Interactive hearings will take place at the margins of the 18th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) on 25 April from 3:00-6:00pm.

Applications for funding by the UNVFIP for participation at the interactive hearings are accepted until 18 January 2019.


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Apply for funding for the UNPFII and other meetings!  

Hello friends, just to let you know that the deadline to apply has been further extended until October 31st, so you still have time to apply for funding for the UNPFII and other meetings! // 

Hola amigos, solo para informarles que la fecha límite para postularse se extendió hasta el 31 de octubre, ¡así que aún tiene tiempo para solicitar fondos para el UNPFII y otras reuniones!

Olá amigos, só para informar que o prazo para inscrição foi prorrogado até 31 de outubro, então você ainda tem tempo para solicitar financiamento para o Foro Permanente e outras reuniões!


Call for Nominations – Membership of PFII 2020-2022

Vacancies to be filled from January 2020 to December 2022

The current membership of the Permanent Forum is due to expire at the end of 2019.

Nominations are now requested for the three-year period from January 2020 until December 2022. Current members who have served the maximum of two terms (six years) as Permanent Forum members cannot be nominated for a further term.

Nominations by indigenous people’s organizations

According to established practice, the eight indigenous nominated members are from each of the seven socio-cultural regions determined to give broad representation to the world’s indigenous peoples. These socio-cultural regions are: Africa; the Arctic; Asia; Central and South America and the Caribbean; Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; North America; and the Pacific.

The eighth member is nominated from one of the three regions with the largest indigenous population (Africa; Asia; and Central and South America and the Caribbean).  This seat rotates among these three regions every three years, thus adding a second member from that region for each three-year term. (See ECOSOC Decision 2016/205, Election 2).

Therefore, for the membership 2020–2022, there will be two members of the Permanent Forum from Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Download the Call for nominations by DESAEN | SP | FR | RU

How to submit nominations:

To send in nominations for consideration the following documents are required:

  • Nomination letter

  • A recent resume/curriculum vitae of the nominee (maximum 2 printed pages in Word format)

  • A short biography of the nominee (200 words)

  • Information on the consultations amongst indigenous peoples’ organizations

  • Information about the nominating organization(s)

Consultations amongst indigenous organizations are encouraged to commence as soon as possible to ensure that the President of the ECOSOC has suitable candidates for consideration and appointment.  In considering possible candidates the organizations are encouraged to take into account the expertise relevant to the mandate of the Permanent Forum as well as the principles of geographic distribution and gender balance.

The deadline for submission of nominations is 25 January 2019.

Where to submit:

All nominations must be submitted by 25 January 2019 via


indigenous_un@un.org | Subject: Nominations PFII 2020–2022

OR correspondence:

Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch – Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Division for Inclusive Social Development
Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
Room S-2954, 405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
United States of America

Received nominations will be confirmed by email.

Source: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/news/call-for-nominations-2020.html

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2018

The observance of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples will take place on Thursday 9 August 2018 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This year’s theme is “Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement”.

The event will include a panel discussion on the current situation of indigenous territories, the root causes of migration, trans-border movement and displacement, with a specific focus on indigenous peoples living in urban areas and across international borders. The panel will also examine the challenges and ways forward to revitalize indigenous peoples’ identities and encourage the protection of their rights in or outside their traditional territories.

After the panel there will be Q&A segment where participants can make comments and/or ask questions from the floor. We kindly ask all speakers to limit their interventions to 3 minutes.


Please register >>>>>HERE<<<<<

Remember to read the information carefully.

Registration closes on Sunday 5 August 2018 at 11:00 pm EST


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UNPFII Chair at the 27th Session on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), Ms. Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, intervened today via video message at the 27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

See video here: https://bit.ly/2Grqiod

For more information on the session click here: https://bit.ly/2IwYZuf

Source: UNPFII News

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Permanent Forum stands by indigenous human rights defenders in the Philippines

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues expresses its grave concerns about the Philippine government’s accusation against indigenous human rights defenders as terrorist group affiliates.

The indigenous human rights defenders include, among others, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Joan Carling, former member of the Permanent Forum and Jose Molintas, former member of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

Read more at the UNPFII Website: 


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UNPFII Seventeenth Session: 16-27 April 2018


Date: 16-27 April 2018

Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York

Theme: “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources”

The Forum members have decided on changes to the two week annual session.  The first week will be all open plenary meetings.  There will be no closed meetings during the first week.

A condensed schedule during the first week will see the Permanent Forum discuss all substantive agenda items.

During the second week of the 2018 session of the Permanent Forum, 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.

Indigenous representatives, Member States and UN entities that are accredited to attend the 2018 session of the Permanent Forum are invited to attend these meetings. More details will be available soon. 

The request form for side events is now OPEN. 

Online Registration for the 17th session (UNPFII17) is now OPEN.

For NGOs with ECOSOC Status, IPOs and Academics that have participated at previous sessions of the Permanent Forum:

For New IPOs and Academics participating for the first time at a session of the Permanent Forum:

  • First, read carefully our participation guide. You must create a new profile in our integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System. Download the Participation Guide for New NGOs and Academics: http://bit.ly/unpfii17-new-ipos-academics
  • Deadline for online application for approval: 28 March 2018.

Please contact us at: indigenous_un@un.org for questions related to your participation.