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UNESCO at the 17th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

UNPFII 16-27th April, 2018  | UNHQ, New York
The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high-level advisory body to the United Nations Economic and Social Council with the mandate to address indigenous issues, particularly in relation to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.   
The annual sessions of the Permanent Forum provide UNESCO with an opportunity to engage with indigenous peoples in areas under its mandate. Below are some of the key UNESCO events at the UNPFII. A report is also submitted annually that presents key highlights of UNESCO's work with indigenous peoples in 2017.

MONDAY – 16 April




Inclusive and equitable life learning and the right to education for all, without discrimination

Panellist: Mr. Jordan Naidoo, Director, Division for Education 2030 Support and Coordination, UNESCO
Venue: CR.11
More information: Agenda/Invitation


Item 4 – Implementation of six mandated areas
Action Plan for organizing the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

Venue: CR.4
More information: Agenda

WEDNESDAY – 18 April


Side Event: International Year of Indigenous Languages 

Venue: CR.8
More information: 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

FRIDAY – 20 April


Item11c – Follow up to the outcome document

Venue: CR.4

UNESCO statement in English (advance copy, check against delivery)


Side Event: Indigenous Knowledge in the IPBES Global Assessment. Methods and progress towards inclusive knowledge building

Panellists: Eduardo S. Brondizio, Co-Chair, IPBES Global Assessment; Joji Cariño, Indigenous and Local Knowledge Centres of Distinction; Pamela McElwee, Expert, IPBES Global Assessment; Zsolt Molnár, Expert, IPBES Global Assessment.
Venue: CR.6 More information: Agenda


UNESCO and Indigenous Peoples


Contact: UNESCO's Indigenous Peoples Task Team: indigenouspeoples(at)unesco.org