UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII)

Indigenous Peoples all over the world have been demanding the recognition of their rights to maintain and develop their cultural heritage and, more particularly, their land for many years. There have been debates over the definition of who is indigenous and what it means, over treaty rights and free, prior, and informed consent.

They have done this through many bodies, including the United Nations, where there is both a UN Working Group on Indigenous Peoples and a newly constituted UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples. Also within the UN there has been an ongoing debate to finalise a Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. There have been a number of associated international bodies where Indigenous Peoples have struggled to have their voices heard, including the Convention on BioDiversity, the World Trade Organisation and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Statement to Working Group to Prepare the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples’ rights to forests

Ensure the full recognition of indigenous peoples' rights in a Cancun climate decision

Wayuu women in Colombia ask UN Permanent Forum to act

Message on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2010

UN report paints grim picture of conditions of world’s indigenous peoples

Will tribes gain from climate change talks?

'We are fighting for our lives and our dignity'

Indigenous Lands Plundered in Oil and Gas Rush

Momentum slowly builds behind UN Indigenous Declaration

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