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Permanent Forum Begins

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The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is underway in New York, New York as it looks to address the implementation of Forum recommendations on economic and social development, the environment and free, prior and informed consent.

The Tenth Session is a review year, covering the recommendations from the previous nine sessions. With more than 1,300 delegates from more than 50 countries and the United Nations building currently under construction, coordinating the event has been a task.

Side panels have been cut back from previous years, and seating is limited often becoming a game of musical chairs.

Over the next two weeks, May 16 – 27, indigenous leaders from around the world, look to discuss appraisals on the implementation of recommendations with member states, United Nations agencies and civil society.

Check back regularly to follow our UNPFII Tenth Session coverage. A list of the daily events can be viewed on our World News page.