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Building peace in the minds of men and women

UN policies on indigenous peoples

Universally adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007, the UN Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples (UNDRIP) provides the minimal standard for engaging with indigenous peoples.

Through Articles 42 of the UNDRIP, 'the United Nations, its bodies, including the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and specialized agencies, including at the country level, and States shall promote respect for and full application of the provisions of this Declaration and follow up the effectiveness of this Declaration'

In response to this demand, the different UN bodies, and specialized agencies have developed indigenous peoples' policies:

Other relevant UN standard-setting instruments include:

In regards to free, prior, informed consent, the following UN documents are relevant: