Fourth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Dates and Venue

Please note that the first open session of the Expert Mechanism's fourth session will take place on Monday 11 July at 15:00h.

The fourth session of Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will take place from 11 to 15 July 2011, in Room XX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.


Accreditation information is available on the accreditation website. 

Documentation from the fourth session

  • Provisional agenda
    E F R S C A
  • Annotated provisional agenda
    E F R S C A
  • Draft programme of work for the fourth session
  • The advance edited version of the final report on indigenous peoples and the right to participation in decision making
    E F R S C

Meetings with the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples

For meetings with the Special Rapporteur during the fourth session of the Expert Mechanism, please consult his website

National human rights institutions consultation on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

A OHCHR consultation for National Human Rights Institutions entitled “Toward an Operational Guide for National Human Rights Institutions: Possible good practices in addressing the rights of Indigenous Peoples” will be held on Monday 11 July in Palais des Nations and open to indigenous organizations from 10am to 1pm in room VIII.

Lunch-time events

Provisional information about lunch-time events is as follows:

Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 4th session, 11-15 July 2011


Proposed timetable (13:15-14:45)

Palais des Nations

Date of the lunch-time Room Organizer Title of Event
12 July 2011 VIII CAPAJ Legal Bases of the Right of Indigenous Peoples to participate in decision-making
12 July 2011 XXIII WIPO Indigenous Peoples’ Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
13 July 2011 VIII INCOMINDIOS Workshop on Presentation Techniques with Josh Cooper
13 July 2011 XXIII IITC Advancing Dialogue on Treaties, Agreements and Other Constructive Arrangements between States and Indigenous Peoples within the UN System
14 July 2011 VIII AIPP Implementation the EMRIP Recommendations on the Right to Education
14 July 2011 XXIII INCOMINDIOS Free Prior and Informed Consent – Difficulties and Successes of and with Trans-national Corporations
15 July 2011 VIII Natural Justice and ICCA Consortium Community Governance and Stewardship of Traditional Territories and Biocultural Diversity: The Politics of Recognition, Rights, and Responsibilities

During the session, from 12 to 15 July 2011, lunch-time events related to the mandate of the Expert Mechanism can be organized from 13:15 to 14:45. Due to the limited availability of rooms, only two lunch-time events can take place each day.

The Expert Mechanism is encouraging the organization of lunch-time events that contribute to its mandate and specifically to the agenda of the session, in particular in relation to indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 
To apply to hold a lunch-time event, please send a letter to explaining:

  • the title of the event;
  • the names of the organizer/s;
  • the purpose of your proposed lunch-time event;
  • its relationship to the fourth session;
  • the language of the event;
  • whether interpretation will be provided; and
  • the preferred day for the lunch-time event. 

Decisions by the secretariat on lunch-time events – including day and room - will be final.

Please note that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights cannot provide interpretation services for the lunch-time events. However, should you or your organisation be in a position to provide interpretation, the requisite technical services will be available including booths for simultaneous translation.

​Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Ongoing work

Report on Repatriation of ceremonial objects and human remains: a call for submissions

Study on the Right to Land under the UNDRIP: A Human Rights Focus: A call for submissions

Thematic studies
Sessions of the Expert Mechanism
Useful links
Contact us

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