Open-ended Indigenous Peoples’ Brainstorming Meeting on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014
13-14 January 2012 (Copenhagen, Denmark)

The Copenhagen indigenous peoples’ brainstorming meeting was organized by the Greenland Government’s Representation in Copenhagen, the Sami Parliament of Norway and IWGIA. Around 30 indigenous peoples’ representatives and invited UN experts met to brainstorm about how best to secure indigenous peoples’ full participation in the planning and celebration of the 2014 UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya emphasized that the World Conference provides an opportunity for the development of measures for the direct participation of indigenous peoples in UN meetings; advancing greater and more concerted efforts within the UN system to advance the rights of indigenous peoples; promoting action at the national and local levels to secure the realization of indigenous peoples’ rights; and celebrating indigenous peoples and their contributions worldwide. The outcome of the Copenhagen meeting is a resolution affirming the importance of maintaining the standards established in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and outlining a set of minimum terms regarding indigenous peoples’ participation in the process, including the appointment by the UN of an indigenous co-facilitator who should work together with the State-appointed Ambassador, the setting up of an indigenous coordination group, and modalities for the accreditation of indigenous peoples delegations and the full recognition of indigenous peoples’ own preparatory processes and governing bodies. Read the IWGIA press release … Download the resolution [pdf] … Read a release on Anaya’s participation …