GA Resolution on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples – 2014
PFII release, 17 September 2012

NEW YORK, USA: The 66th session of the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/66/L.61 and agreed upon on the organization of the high-level plenary meeting of the 69th session of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

In the resolution, the General Assembly decides that the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be held on Monday, 22 September 2014, and in the afternoon of Tuesday, 23 September 2014, and encourages all Member States to consider being represented at the Head of State or Government level. It decides on the organizational arrangements, including holding two plenary meetings, three interactive roundtables and one informal panel discussion, and indigenous peoples’ organizations should be invited to submit applications to participate through an open and transparent accreditation procedure. It requests the UNGA President to organize an informal interactive hearing with representatives of indigenous peoples, UN entities and others to provide input to the preparatory process, and decides to expand the mandate of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations so it can assist indigenous participation in the Conference, including in the preparatory process. It decides that the Conference shall result in a concise, action-oriented outcome document, and requests the UNGA President to prepare a draft on the basis of consultations with member states and indigenous peoples; and further decides that the outcome document should contribute to the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and promote the achievement of all internationally agreed development goals. Read the release … Download the resolution A/66/L.61 “Organization of the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples” [pdf] …