The UN chief noted that a significant proportion of the estimated 370 million indigenous
people in the world lacked basic rights.
Speakers will include Esther Kuisch-Laroche, Director and Representative of the United Nations Educational Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office for Central America; Luis Felipe Duchicela, Senior Advisor for Indigenous
Peoples' Issues and Petita Ayarza, the first Panamanian woman of indigenous
descent to be elected as a Representative in the National Assembly (Panama).
As we face the prospect of a definitive up-or-down decision on the marriage canon, the Indigenous
point of view would seem to be that action in such a forum is illadvised.
The Permanent Forum of Indigenous
Issues took place from April 22 to May 3 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Key issues discussed include the progress in commemorating the 2019 International Year of Indigenous
Languages, the 2030 Agenda, conservation and the rights of indigenous
peoples, and the rights of indigenous
women and children.
In keeping with this, the methodology used in the fellowship positioned Indigenous
voices at the centre.
She spoke there ndash as well as at the University of the Philippines campuses in Iloilo and Manila ndash about Indigenous
cultural traditions as well as her own journey from pioneer to leader in Indigenous
cultures across the planet are recognized on International Day of the World's Indigenous
'The development we want should be consistent with our will and be in accordance with policies which inform and have prior consultation with us, and are open to agreements with respect to the United Nations' statements on indigenous
people's rights that the Cambodian government voted to support on September 13, 2007.'
Activities may include educational forums and classroom activities to gain an appreciation and a better understanding of indigenous
This, is turn, has diminished the sense of interconnectedness for Indigenous
people, resulting in debilitating isolation.
The Philippines is recognized all over the world to be in the forefront of the indigenous
peoples rights struggle.
There is a noticeable comfort emerging within planning and municipal governance when it comes to acknowledging that our cities are on Indigenous
lands, often referred to as Indigenous
traditional territories or homelands.
By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development." (1) Even though self-determination is considered a fundamental right under international law, as more indigenous
peoples assert their right to self-determination, divisive views on what self-determination means for indigenous
peoples have resulted.