This is the 11th time the forum comes together to discuss the challenges facing indigenous peoples around the world.
At the opening event, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro said stories of struggles and exploitation are still commonplace - change is overdue. Ms. Migiro encouraged everyone to "move towards the day when indigenous peoples are heard, listened to and empowered."
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Almost 2,000 indigenous participants from all regions of the world are taking part in the two-week session, engaging with members of the Forum, Member States and UN agencies on advancing the rights and well-being of indigenous peoples, who number some 370 million worldwide.