Worldwatch Institute (Washington, DC)

Africa: First Peoples Worldwide At the UN Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues

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First Peoples Worldwide, an Indigenous rights advocacy organization, will co-sponsor a workshop at the Eleventh Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, taking place this May 7-18 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

The UNPFII is a body of the UN that deals specifically with Indigenous peoples' issues. This year's theme will be "The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on Indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past consequences", which will draw on articles 28 and 37 from the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The Doctrine of Discovery is an internationally recognized doctrine established in 1452 by the Vatican, which allowed native-occupied lands to be claimed by foreign explorers.

This year's Permanent Forum will also cover the rights of Indigenous peoples to food and food security; the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, which will be held in 2014 by the 65th General Assembly of the UN to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of indigenous peoples' rights; a discussion of UNDRIP; and a dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, James Anaya, and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

First Peoples Worldwide will be co-sponsoring a workshop and roundtable discussion with the Centro para la Autonomia y Desarollo de los Pueblos Indigenas (CADPI) on "Implementing Corporate Responsibility and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent: A new resource guide for Indigenous Peoples' engagement with Corporations, Financial Institutions and Investors using a human rights framework." Workshop attendees will collaborate to produce a new resource guide for Indigenous Peoples' engagement with corporations, developed by Indigenous Peoples in collaboration with socially-responsible investors. The workshop will take place on May 16, 1:15 PM-2:30 PM in the North Lawn Building, Conference Room 1.

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