Advocacy for Indigenous Peoples at UN forums

WCC advocacy and networking for Indigenous Peoples is mainly concentrated around three major UN forums: the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Working Group on Indigenous Populations (UNWGIP), and meetings of a working group on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  

In collaboration with the programme "Towards just and inclusive communities" as well as with partner organizations, the WCC has been sponsoring a ten person delegation from Indigenous populations around the world to attend the ten-day Permanent Forum in May 2007 and 2009 at UN headquarters in New York. It coordinated a two-day preparatory meeting there for participants from Indigenous populations around the world as well as parallel caucuses during the Forum.  

The Forum discusses indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. The caucuses and preparatory meeting will give delegates an opportunity to strategize about their participation in the Forum sessions, and promote networking between Indigenous Peoples and organizations from around the world.  

Similarly, with several partners, the WCC has been organizing meetings for participants from Indigenous populations in preparation for the four-day 2007 UNWGIP meeting in Geneva.  

A focal point within the United Nations for the promotion of Indigenous Peoples' rights, the UNWGIP is located under the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights; its mandate was renewed under the recently established Human Rights Council. 

After so many years of advocacy efforts, in September 2007, the UN General Assembly by an overwhelming majority adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Advocacy efforts now will need to focus on the implementation of the Declaration at the regional and national levels.

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