Dialogue Meeting on Enhanced Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at the United Nations

Photo: Ambassador Kai Sauer (Finland), Dr. Claire Winfield Ngamihi Charters (Pacific region), President of the UN General Assembly Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, Ambassador Martha Ama Akyaa Pobbee (Ghana) and Professor James Anaya (North American region).

The Dialogue Meeting on Enhanced Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at the United Nations is initiated and co-hosted by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Sami Parliament of Norway and International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA). This is an open-ended dialogue meeting, open to all interested indigenous peoples’ representatives. The purpose of the Dialogue Meeting, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 11 – 12 November 2016, is to provide Indigenous representatives the opportunity to consider and consolidate their positions and strategies with respect to the specific issues raised in the PGA’s compilation of views and elements for discussion. The Dialogue Meeting is an attempt to initiate a dialogue on the specific issues that will need to be resolved in the upcoming consultations/negotiations in the UN General Assembly.

Due to financial constraints, the meeting will be conducted in English only. Funds have been raised to bring two indigenous representatives from each of the seven indigenous socio-cultural regions to the meeting; selection of these funded positions will be made by the co-hosts taking into account the participant’s experience and prior participation in the topic under discussion, their English proficiency and gender balance. Participation by self -funded indigenous representatives is welcomed. Self-funded participants need to register by emailing the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). Self-funded participants should take care of all financial and practical matters regarding their participation, including visa, travel, accommodation, subsistence and travel insurance.

The co-hosts have invited the PGA’s two indigenous co-advisors, Professor Anaya and Dr. Charters, to attend the Dialogue Meeting. They have both accepted the invitation.

Click here to read the Concept Note for more information.

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