World Conference: Facilitators for preparatory process appointed by the GA
IWGIA release, 12 April 2012

UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK: In a letter sent to all Permanent Missions to the UN, the President of the UN General Assembly announced the appointment of Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba (Mexico) and John Henriksen (Saami Parliament, Norway) as facilitators for consultations with government delegations and representatives of indigenous peoples on the format, organizational issues and possible outcomes of the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples, scheduled to take place in 2014. The decision to appoint an indigenous co-facilitator responds to the demands made by indigenous peoples to ensure their full and effective participation at the World Conference, including its preparation process. John Henriksen was proposed by the Indigenous Global Coordinating Group, established during the Indigenous Peoples’ Brainstorming Meeting, held from 12-13 January 2012, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Read the release … Download UNGA President’s letter [pdf] …