UN forum chairperson decries delay in adopting declaration on indigenous rights

The head of the United Nations body dealing with indigenous peoples was today among a chorus of voices decrying a planned delay in the adoption by the General Assembly of a Declaration aimed at securing their rights.

UN expert calls on Assembly to adopt declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples

Member States should follow the lead of the United Nations Human Rights Council and quickly adopt the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples without change, an independent UN expert has told the General Assembly.

UN set to observe day celebrating world’s indigenous peoples

As the United Nations today marked the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the annual commemoration should serve as an opportunity to reflect on the critical challenges confronting these populations.

UN Forum urges inclusion of indigenous peoples’ concerns in global anti-poverty goals

At the end of a major United Nations meeting held in New York, indigenous leaders today urged the world’s developed countries to take into account the concerns of indigenous communities living within their borders while implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

UN Forum on indigenous issues looks to new Human Rights Council

As the two week-long meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues nears its end, indigenous leaders today said they wanted a key UN human rights body to consider taking new steps to meet their concerns.

UN launches Programme of Action for 2nd Decade for Indigenous Peoples

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the launch of a Programme of Action for the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – an initiative offering recommendations on the environment, development, education, health and human rights – as representatives from across the globe gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York to meet on the issue.

Indigenous representatives to meet at UN next week on pressing challenges

More than 1,200 representatives of the world’s indigenous people kick off a 12-day meeting at the United Nations on Monday, naming education, health, human rights and the environment as among the major challenges they face in trying to improve their situation by the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).