Progress Report on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Progress Report on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Date: Thursday April 12, 2007

Time: 1:00-2:30 PM

Location: Church Center for the UN
777 UN Plaza (44th and 1st Ave.)
2nd Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10017

RSVP: Full contact information to:
Jessica Hartl, UNA-USA
jhartl at

Featured Speakers

– Elsa Stamatopoulou, Chief, Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, United Nations
– Roberto Borrero, Chair, NGO Committee on the United Nations International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
– Enrique Javier Ochoa Martínez, First Secretary, Humanitarian and Social Issues, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations


The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2006, and was seen as a major step in eliminating the widespread human rights violations suffered by over 370 million indigenous people worldwide. The Declaration was then forwarded to the UN General Assembly for approval by the end of 2006. However, in November 2006, the process was halted by a non-action resolution put forward by the Namibian delegation which was supported by a majority of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee. The Declaration, under the auspices of the Third Committee, must be considered before the end of the 61st session of the General Assembly in September 2007. Our panelists will discuss what the current status of the Declaration is, arguments in opposition to the Declaration, and what both adoption and non-action by the UN would mean for the millions of indigenous people around the world. We will also hear the views of representatives of indigenous peoples, governments and UN officials in a brief presentation of the work-in-progress film “Discussions on the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” by Rebecca Sommer, Representative of the NGO Society for Threatened Peoples International.

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