Eleventh session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
7-18 May 2012 (UN Headquarters, New York)

The special theme for this year’s session will be: the doctrine of discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of UNDRIP). The meeting’s agenda also includes: a high-level commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the adoption of UNDRIP; a comprehensive dialogue with WIPO; and dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights on indigenous peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Half-day discussions will focus on: the rights of indigenous peoples to food and food sovereignty; Central and Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The meeting will also address a study on shifting cultivation and the socio-cultural integrity of indigenous peoples, as well as a study on the impacts of land use change and climate change on indigenous reindeer herders’ livelihoods, including culturally adjusted criteria for indigenous land uses, requested by the Forum at its previous session. Visit the meeting’s website … Read the meeting’s documents … Download the study on shifting cultivation [pdf] … Download the study on reindeer herders [pdf] …