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First intersessional meeting of the Human Rights Council on concrete ways to enhance the participation of Indigenous Peoples in the work of the Council

Date/Time: Thursday 18 and Friday 19 July 2024, 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00 CET

Venue: Room XX, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Mandate

This will be the first of two intersessional meetings mandated under paragraph 16 of resolution 54/12, in which the Council decided to “continue to discuss and develop further steps and measures necessary to enable and to facilitate the participation of Indigenous Peoples’ representatives and institutions duly established by themselves in the work of the Human Rights Council.” The second meeting will take place on 17 and 18 October 2024.

Objective

The objective of the meeting, as outlined in Resolution 54/12, paragraph 16 is to allow States, relevant United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, international organizations, Indigenous Peoples from the seven Indigenous sociocultural regions, national human rights institutions and civil society organizations to hold a dialogue on concrete ways to enhance the participation of Indigenous Peoples in the work of the Human Rights Council.

Outcome

Following the two intersessional meetings, the co-facilitators will work together with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a joint report on the discussions and outcomes of the meetings, including specific recommendations, to be presented to the Council before its fifty-ninth session.

Participation and accreditation

As mandated by resolution 54/12, the meeting will be open to the participation of States, relevant United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, international organizations, Indigenous Peoples from the seven Indigenous sociocultural regions, national human rights institutions, and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Interpretation will be available in the six official United Nations languages.

The resolution invites the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples (UNVFIP), within the Fund’s rules and established procedures, to facilitate the participation of Indigenous Peoples’ representatives and institutions duly established by themselves, in the intersessional meetings, promoting balanced regional, gender and intergenerational representation. Please click here for more information on UNVFIP grants.

Accessibility

In an effort to render the Human Rights Council more accessible to persons with disabilities and to promote their full participation in the work of the Council on an equal basis with others, the meeting will be made accessible. International sign interpretation and real-time captioning (in English) will be provided and webcast on UN Web TV. In Room XX, four seats are reserved for participants using wheelchairs. Oral statements may be embossed in Braille from any of the six official languages of the UN, upon request and following the procedure described in the Accessibility guide to the Human Rights Council for persons with disabilities.

What’s new

Speakers’ list registration via the Events platform opens on Monday 15 July 2024 at 2 p.m and closes Wednesday 17 July at 10 a.m.

Speakers’ list registration instructions for Indigenous Peoples 

Accreditation is now open

Concept note

Programme of work

Documentation

Human Rights Council resolution 54/12

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Outcome Document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (General Assembly resolution 69/2).

Report on ways and means of promoting participation at the United Nations of Indigenous Peoples’ representatives on issues affecting them (A/HRC/21/24)

Reports on previous Human Rights Council events on Indigenous Peoples’ participation (A/HRC/44/35, A/HRC/49/69, A/HRC/53/44)

Report of the Expert Mechanism on the rights of Indigenous Peoples on the right to participate in decision-making (A/HRC/18/42).