14th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – virtual session

The 14th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will take place from 12-16 July 2021.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the session will be virtual and will involve:

  • An official opening and closing
  • Four regional meetings with the purpose of receiving oral comments on EMRIP’s draft reports:
    • Draft report on achieving the ends of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with a focus on self-determination
      Read the draft report (A/HRC/EMRIP/2021/2)
    • Draft study and advice on the Rights of the Indigenous Child under the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
      Read the draft study (A/HRC/EMRIP/2021/3)
  • EMRIP country engagement
  • Meeting with the treaty bodies


Interpretation will be provided in the languages stated in the agenda for each meeting.

Captioning and international sign language will be available at all public meetings.


You may follow the session on the webcast or sign up to the speakers list to take part in the regional meetings.

1. Register on the speakers list for one of the regional meetings

To register as a presenter at one of the regional meetings you must send your statement, the name of the speaker, the organisation(s)/State(s), and the relevant regional meeting, by 25 June 2021 to:expertmechanism@ohchr.org.

The statement should not exceed 3 mins (4 mins for joint statements).

Given the limited amount of time for statements, the number of participants will be limited.

The Expert Mechanism will decide on the list of speakers on the basis of the following criteria:

  • whether the content of the statement relates to the purpose of the regional meetings i.e. to receive comments on either one or both of EMRIP’s draft reports;
  • the size, level of expertise, and experience on indigenous rights of the organisation;
  • whether the statement is being given by a child/youth participant and thus given preference;
  • whether the statement is a joint one and thus given preference; and
  • whether the statement was sent within the deadline and does not exceed the time limit.

Pre-recordings of statements cannot be accommodated except for statements made by children.

The presenters will receive confirmation of their presence on the speakers list and the modalities of the discussion prior to the regional meeting. Invitations on the ZOOM platform will only be sent to those on the speakers list. All others may observe the meetings on the webcast.

All statements sent to the Secretariat by the deadline will be posted on the webpage and their contents taken into account in amending the draft reports.

Child-Friendly Call for Participation

2. Webcast

Everyone can follow all of the public meetings of the session through the webcast here: http://webtv.un.org/

Other issues

EMRIP would welcome suggestions for proposals for the Human Rights Council, and for future themes for EMRIP’s studies and reports in writing by 25 June 2021 to this email address: expertmechanism@ohchr.org.

Side events

Indigenous peoples and States may organise virtual side events in the margins of the session at their own initiative. The EMRIP Secretariat will post planned side events on this webpage. Please send the name of the organisation planning the event as well as the title, date, and time of your side event to expertmechanism@ohchr.org.