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United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
22-23 September 2014: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
The high-level plenary meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), assembles on Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at the UN headquarters in New York, U.S.
To prepare, Indigenous peoples worldwide have been meeting by region and caucus to identify issues of concern and discuss strategies important in that region to realizing indigenous rights, including those outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Les Malezer has been working in New York as one of two Indigenous Advisors to the President of the UN General Assembly to prepare for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
Kirstie Parker is also attending to represent the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and has registered to make a statement on implementing the rights of Indigenous Peoples on Monday 22nd September at a roundtable event.
Congress is registered with UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as an NGO with Special Consultative Status.
Video Blogs form The World Conference of Indigenous Peoples
Co-chair Malezer has sent through a video update from the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
Co-chair Parker has also sent though a video discussing the work of Indigenous Peoples in the lead-up to #WCIP2014.
16 May 2014: Our Peoples heard at United Nations forum
Representatives from First Nations from around the world, including National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Co-Chair Les Malezer, are currently attending the Thirteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).
At the annual forum, Indigenous peoples discuss issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights and make recommendations on the rights of Indigenous peoples to the Economic and Social Council of the UN.
Congress member organisations including the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) are part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegation for the 10-day meeting, along with representatives from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and others.
On Tuesday, 13 May, Co-Chair Malezer presented an intervention (or statement) on Governance to the UNPFII, available here. To see Co-Chair Malezer present the intervention at the UN watch the YouTube video here. the A short YouTube video of Co-Chair Malezer, Congress Policy Officer Tennille Lamb and the AHRC’s Katie Kiss is available here.
Professor Megan Davis from the University of NSW and Expert Member of the UNPFII, Les Malezer and Katie Kiss from the AHRC discussed governance at the UNPFII13. To hear them talk on governance click here.
Wednesday 14 May saw Co-Chair Malezer discuss the day with Chair of NACCHO Justin Muhammad and a member of the Pacific Caucus, to watch the video click here.
Thursday, 15 of May, more of the Australian Delegation talked about the work they are doing at the UNPFII; Andrea Mason from Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Womens Council, Nolan Huter form Kimberly Land Council and Lisa Briggs from NACCHO. To hear about their work and expereince at the UNPFII click here.
On Friday, 16 May: Congress are just among the few of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Delegation at the UNPFII. Sandy Miller, an Aboriginal woman from South Australia, delivered a paper on child protection and children in detetion. Julie Turner presented on Aboriginal sucide and death in the Norther Terriotory. Carla Grant, Producer and Presenter for SBSs Living Black was there to cover the UNPFII. To hear from these women click: here.
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