Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
10-12 June 2013 (Alta, Norway)

Representatives of indigenous peoples from around the world meeting in Alta, Norway, issued a common position for the high-level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly, also known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to be held from 22-23 September 2014, at the UN Headquarters in New York. The Alta Outcome Document includes a set of recommendations around four overarching themes. On indigenous peoples’ lands, territories, resources, oceans and waters, it is recommended, among others, that States establish effective mechanisms through agreements reached with the indigenous peoples concerned to effectively implement indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination and permanent sovereignty over lands, waters and resources; that States affirm and recognize the right to the protection, preservation and restitution of sacred places, sites and cultural landscapes; and that States implement a comprehensive human rights and ecosystem-based approach into all climate change measures and initiatives recognizing and valuing indigenous world views, including knowledge systems and customary institutions. Regarding UN action for the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights, the creation of a new UN body is recommended, with a mandate to promote, protect, monitor, review and report on the implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples, to be established with the full, equal and effective participation of indigenous peoples. The World Heritage Committee, UNESCO and States are called to revise the World Heritage Convention operational guidelines to ensure the rights and territories of indigenous peoples are respected. Regarding implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights, it is recommended that States develop processes to ensure that laws and policies at all levels comply with the Declaration and other international human rights standards, indigenous peoples’ institutions, conflict resolution processes and juridical systems are respected, and national human rights institutions develop specific programmes that focus upon implementation of the Declaration. Regarding indigenous peoples’ priorities for development, including the right to free, prior and informed consent, it is recommended that rights, culture and spiritual values be integrated into strategies that relate to development, including sustainable development goals and the post-2015 UN development agenda; and that States support indigenous peoples’ programmes to strengthen the capacity of indigenous youth, including on the transmission of traditional knowledge and languages. Read the UN press release … Download the Alta Outcome Document [pdf] …