The special theme for this year’s forum is “Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles 3 to 6 and 46”. Representatives from Member States, indigenous peoples’ organizations, the UN system and academic institutions will be gathered in the UN headquarters from May 12 to 25 to discuss indigenous issues related to social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights.
The Opening Ceremony of the forum was held at the United Nations Headquarters today. The ceremony opened with a musical piece by Toirioa Williams before the traditional Chief of the Onondaga Nation Todadaho Sid Hill held the ceremonial welcome and Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon held the opening remarks.
- From language to land, from poverty to participation, indigenous people continue to face discrimination, exploitation and the disproportionate impacts of societal harms, stated the Secretary General, emphasizing the importance of making “the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People” a living document.
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