Indigenous peoples’ forum opens at UN with call to turn rights into reality
UN News Centre, 16 May 2011

NEW YORK, USA: More than 1,300 delegates are expected to participate in this year’s session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which is held from 16-27 May 2011, at the UN Headquarters in New York. This year, the Forum will focus on reviewing recommendations and their implementation related to economic and social development, the environment, and free, prior and informed consent. Opening the forum, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted by the General Assembly in September 2007, finally had the consensus support it deserved. “Now we need to make the declaration’s principles a reality,” he said, stressing that protecting and promoting the rights of indigenous peoples benefited everyone, and not only those groups. Read the news release … Visit the meeting webpage … Read the Secretary-General’s statement …