Consultation on indigenous peoples’ participation in the United Nations
OHCHR, February 2012

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has invited indigenous peoples’ organizations, academics and civil society to provide their views on the ideal ways and means to promote participation at the UN of recognized indigenous peoples’ representatives on issues affecting them and on how such participation might be structured. In particular, OHCHR would welcome views on: existing accreditation procedures for NGOs which might be appropriately applied to the accreditation of indigenous peoples’ representatives to UN meetings; current practices to accredit indigenous peoples’ organizations to the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the UNPFII and how such practices could be applied to other UN meetings; whether it is desirable for the General Assembly to adopt a decision setting out general procedures that would apply to indigenous peoples’ representatives’ participation at UN meetings, or whether separate decisions should be adopted by the Economic and Social Council and the Human Rights Council; and what would be the appropriate next steps in terms of considering this issue further within the UN. The consultation is organized in response to a request by the Human Rights Council for a detailed document on the ways and means of promoting participation at the UN of recognized indigenous peoples’ representatives on issues affecting them, and to facilitate the preparation of this document. Responses can be submitted electronically to the OHCHR at ccharters@ohchr.org by 9 April 2012. Read the announcement …

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