World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

The General Assembly, in its resolution 65/198 of 21 December 2010, decided to organize a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, in order to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

In that process, one Member State representative and one indigenous representative, appointed by the President of the General Assembly, worked together to facilitate discussions on the format and organizational arrangements of the World Conference. In addition, two Member States and two indigenous advisers were appointed to support the President in the preparation of the outcome document. That approach helped to ensure that indigenous peoples could contribute to the process.

The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples was held on 22-23 September 2014.  To provide valuable input into the preparatory process for the World Conference, the President of the General Assembly organized on 17 and 18 June 2014 an informal interactive hearing with representatives of indigenous peoples and representatives of entities of the United Nations system, academic institutions, national human rights institutions, parliamentarians, civil society and non-governmental organizations, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the present resolution.

The World Conference resulted in a concise, action-oriented outcome document prepared on the basis of inclusive and open informal consultations with Member States and indigenous peoples.

More information about the World Conference can be found here.