Intersessional roundtable on ways to enhance the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of the Human Rights Council on issues affecting them

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On 16 July 2021 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), the Human Rights Council will hold an intersessional roundtable on ways to enhance the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of the Human Rights Council on issues affecting them. The dialogue will take place virtually on Zoom and can be followed on the webcast at: http://webtv.un.org.

In its resolution 42/19 of 8 October 2019, the Human Rights Council decided to organize another intersessional interactive dialogue in the form of a roundtable to follow up on a dialogue on the same subject that took place on 15 July 2019. As it had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Human Rights Council decided in its resolution 45/12 of 9 October 2020, to organise this dialogue which will take place on 16 July 2021.

The aim of the event is to facilitate dialogue between indigenous peoples’ representatives and Member States in order to strengthen indigenous peoples’ participation at meetings of the Council. It will be co-Chaired by the President of the Human Rights Council and the Chair of the Indigenous Temporary Committee, Coordination Body. The roundtable will include representatives from seven States and seven Indigenous Peoples from the seven socio-cultural regions determined to give broad representation to the world’s indigenous peoples as recognized is by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean, the Arctic, Central and Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia, North America, and the Pacific. The discussion will then be open to statements from the floor from States and observers, including national human rights institutions (NHRIs) fully compliant with the Paris Principles and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in consultative status with ECOSOC. Participants will examine ways to enhance the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of the Council on issues affecting them.

The Council requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to make the interactive dialogue fully accessible to persons with disabilities, and to prepare a summary report of the dialogue that will be submitted to the Council prior to its 48th session.

Documentation

  • Human Rights Council resolution 39/13 of 28 September 2018 on human rights and indigenous peoples
  • Human Rights Council resolution 42/19 of 8 October 2019 on human rights and indigenous peoples
  • Human Rights Council resolution 45/12 of 9 October 2020 on human rights and indigenous peoples
  • Concept note

Date and venue

16 July 2021, 10 a.m. to 1p.m., held virtually on Zoom (will be broadcast live and archived on http://webtv.un.org).

Statements

The speaking time limit will be two minutes for all. Speakers may speak live or via pre-recorded video messages.

Delegations will be able to register to speak and upload video messages using the online registration system
https://spreg.ohchr.org/, from 09:00 CET on 12 July 2021 to 18:00 CET on 14 July 2021.

Delegations wishing to take the floor live on Zoom are invited to get in touch at hrclistofspeakers@ohchr.org.

Non-governmental organizations wishing to participate, either through pre-recorded video message or taking the floor, can inscribe to speak using the online registration system https://ngoreg.ohchr.org/ from 09:00 CET on 12 July 2021 to 18:00 CET on 14 July 2021.

After registration closes, speakers will receive a link to proceed through the accreditation process.

Related links

  • Human Rights Council resolution 33/25 of 30 September 2016 on Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Outcome document of the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (General Assembly resolution 69/2 of 22 September 2014)
  • General Assembly resolution 71/321 of 8 September 2017 on enhancing the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of relevant United Nations bodies on issues affecting them.
  • Report of the Secretary-General, Enhancing the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of relevant United Nations bodies on issues affecting them 75/255 of 27 July 2020  
  • Summary report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Intersessional interactive dialogue on ways to enhance the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of the Human Rights Council on issues affecting them A/HRC/44/35
  • Web page of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs on indigenous peoples’ participation at the United Nations

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