• The 22nd session of the UNPFII held recently.
  • The body called for full inclusion of indigenous people in realising their socio-economic development and preservation of culture, languages as well as environment.
    • Also, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed every year on 9th August.

About United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

  • UNPFII is a high level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council.
  • Forum was established in 2000 by resolution 2000/22 with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.
  • It is one of three UN bodies to deal specifically with indigenous peoples’ issues.
    • Others are Expert Mechanism on Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Special Rapporteur Rights of Indigenous People.
  • Functions: To promote the integra­tion and coordination of activities relating to Indigenous Peoples’ issues within the UN system; and promote respect for and full application of the provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and follow up on its effectiveness.
  • Headquarter: New York, USA.
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