2011 Annual Meeting of the UN Inter- Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples Issues

21 November 2011 - 23 November 2011

UNFPA, Headquarters, 605 Third Avenue, New York - Meeting Hall- 5th Floor

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations established by ECOSOC Resolution 2000/22, with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.

According to its mandate, the Permanent Forum:

  • provides expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the Council, as well as to programmes, funds and agencies of the United Nations,
  • raises awareness and promotes the integration and coordination of programming on indigenous issues within the UN system, and,
  • prepares and disseminates information on indigenous issues and rights.

Each year the Permanent Forum holds annual two-week sessions with the participation of Indigenous Peoples, governments, UN agencies and NGOs. The first session was held in New York City in May 2002 and to date it has held ten sessions.

The IASG on Indigenous Issues is a mechanism for inter-agency cooperation on indigenous issues in relation to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII)1 and more widely. It is formed by focal points/units of the departments or organizations of the UN system whose work is relevant to indigenous issues.

The main objectives of the UN Inter-agency support group are: to provide an opportunity for the exchange of information in regards to their work on indigenous issues, strengthen inter-agency cooperation to promote the human rights and well-being of indigenous peoples including the dissemination and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, analyze, disseminated and contribute to the implementation of the recommendations of the forum; interact with the Forum and its members to provide and seek information, advice and substantive inputs; advise in the mainstreaming of indigenous issues within the UN system, and strengthen mutual collaboration.

The Inter-agency Support Group meets at least once a year for a substantive meeting, with follow-up meetings and communications as necessary. Responsibility for hosting is rotates among participating organizations and bodies and this year UNFPA will host the 2011 Inter-agency support group meeting from 21st to 23rd November, 2011 at Headquarter’s.

Expected Results:

In line with the purpose of the IASG to enhance inter-agency cooperation on indigenous peoples issues the 2011 Annual Meeting will obtain the following expected results:

  1. To have shared substantive information on the work of UNFPA and other UN agencies related to the field of population, development and Indigenous Peoples as key dimensions for advancing the human rights and well-being of indigenous peoples.
  2. IASG members will have updated the meeting’s participants on their advances regarding the recommendations of the PFII’s Sessions, highlighting main opportunities and challenges.
  3. To have contributed to the increased effectiveness of the work of the IASG through the identification of areas of joint collaboration and key advocacy efforts.

Concept Note


Opening Statement by the Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Dra. Myrna Cunningham-Kain


Day 1: Nov. 21

SESSION 1 – Population Dynamics, Housing and Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous Peoples and Population Dynamics: Global and regional highlights

PowerPoint: Population Dynamics of Indigenous Peoples: Some Global and Regional Highlights Ralph Hakkert
PowerPoint: Indigenous Peoples and Population Dynamics in Latin America Fabiana del Popolo

Sustainable urban development and the right to adequate housing: challenges and opportunities for the protection and fulfillment of Indigenous peoples' rights

PowerPoint: UN-HABITAT Christophe Lalande

SESSION 2 – Data and Indicators for Evidence-Based Policies and Programmes
Findings of the International Seminar on Census 2010 and Indigenous Peoples of Latin America: the use of information for recognizing indigenous peoples and for public policy – Amparo Morales, Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean on behalf of the Fondo Indígena, the PFII, UNFPA, UNICEF and ECLAC

PowerPoint: 2010 Census Seminar: Visibility of indigenous peoples in national statistics Amparo Morales

SESSION 3 – The UNDRIP and Advancing Legal Frameworks for Indigenous Peoples at Country Level
Advancing Laws on Indigenous Peoples Rights – The case of Congo

PowerPoint: Advancing Laws on Indigenous Peoples Issues: The case of Congo David Lawson

SESSION 4 - Towards Rio 20: Panel on Indigenous Peoples and the Environment

PowerPoint: Population, Land and the Environment: Indigenous Peoples Towards Rio 20 John Scott
PowerPoint: UNDP Equator Initiative and Indigenous Peoples Eileen de Ravin

SESSION 5 - MDGs, Poverty Reduction and Indigenous Peoples
Panel on Accelerating achievement of the MDGs and Poverty Reduction Strategies and Programmes for Addressing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

PowerPoint: Poverty reduction and indigenous peoples Experience from IFAD Antonella Cordone

Day 2: Nov. 22

SESSION 6 - Advancing Reproductive Health and Rights of Indigenous Women
Standard setting regarding an Intercultural Approach to Health as a Right of Indigenous Peoples

PowerPoint: Intercultural Approach to Health as a Human Right of Indigenous Peoples Javier Vasquez

Panel on Advancing Reproductive Rights and Health of Indigenous Women in Latin America, Africa and Asia

PowerPoint: Empowering indigenous women and improving their access to intercultural maternal health services in the Andean region Martha Murdock
PowerPoint: Addressing Reproductive & Maternal Health Needs of Indigenous Peoples in Congo David Lawson
PowerPoint: Meeting Reproductive Health and Rights of indigenous people in Central African Republic Thérese Zeba
PowerPoint: Unfpa-supported Maternal Health interventions in three asian countries: China, Philippines, Vietnam
Lin Yanming

SESSION 7 - Gender Equality: A key issue for advancing human rights and development of indigenous women

PowerPoint: Empowering Indigenous Women in Latin America and strengthening leaderships Amparo Morales

Panel on Advancing the Rights of Indigenous Children and Adolescents

PowerPoint: Realising the Rights of Indigenous Children Ian Plaskett
PowerPoint: Guatemala's ‘Abriendo Opportunities' program Sonia Heckadon

SESSION 8 - Responding to the Recommendations of the Permanent Forum’s Sessions, highlighting opportunities and challenges
Briefing on the follow up of the UNPFII’s Country Missions and example from the Bolivia UNCT in the Alto Parapetí

PowerPoint: Missions of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Arturo Requesens

Update on the IPAF Call for Proposals and joint collaboration

PowerPoint: Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility 2011 Call for Proposals Antonella Cordone

Day 3: Nov. 23

SESSION 9 - Reporting on Environmental Issues and Indigenous Peoples
Report on the Global Registry of Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs)

PowerPoint: UNDP/GEF SGP and the Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) Registry Terence Hay-Edie

Report on UN REDD and FPIC Guidelines

PowerPoint: Stakeholder Engagement in the UN REDD Programme Nina Kantcheva