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                United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
                                Quarterly Newsletter
       Prepared by the United Nations Secretariat for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
                   Division for Social Policy and Development, DESA, United Nations



CONTENTS:

                                            •    COP10 of UNFCCC, indigenous participation.
               JULY                         •    Condolences: Ms. Njuma Ekundanayo.
                                            •    Participation of Mr. Fortunato Turpo in the International Training
                                                 Center of Indigenous Peoples (ITCIP), Greenland.
                                            •    UNDG Programme Group adopted the revised Guidelines for
                                                 CCA/UNDAF, which now includes indigenous issues.
                                            •    Launch of the UNDP’s Human Development Report 2004 Cultural
                                                 Liberty in Today’s Diverse World.
                                                      o    Participation of Mr. Ole Henrik Magga, at the global
                                                           launch in Belgium.
                                                      o    Participation of Mr. Parshuram Tamang in Nepal.
                                            •    Presentation of the UNPFII’s Third Session Report to ECOSOC.
                                                      o    Resolutions and decisions adopted by the Economic and
                                                           Social Council (28 June to 23 July 2004)
      Ms. Njuma Ekundanayo                            o    Election of a member of the UN Permanent Forum on
                                                           Indigenous Issues by ECOSOC.
                                            •    Database of the Recommendations of the UNPFII: Third Session
                                            •    Participation of Mr. Ayitegan Kouevi and other members of the
                                                 UNPFII in the Working Group on Indigenous Populations, Geneva,
                                                 Switzerland.


            AUGUST
                                            •    International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.
                                                      o    Participation of Mr. Marcos Matias in a commemoration in
                                                           Mexico.
                                                      o    Participation of Ms. Zinaida Strogalschikova in a
                                                           commemoration in Moscow.
                                            •    Participation of Mr. Magga, Mr. Boychenko and Ms.
                                                 Strogalschikova at the Fourth World Finno-Ugric Peoples' Congress
                                                 in Tallinn, Estonia.

           CAXA-RAIPON1


                                            •    Participation of Mr. Marcos Matias in UNICEF’s regional meeting on
         SEPTEMBER                               the Programme of the Rights of indigenous children in Latin
                                                 America.
                                            •    Elections of a member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous
                                                 Issues by ECOSOC
                                            •    Preparations for the 10-year review of the Beijing Conference on
                                                 Women.
                                            •    Cooperation between the SPFII and Statistics Division.
                                            •    Task Force on Indigenous Women of the Inter-Agency Network on
                                                 Women and Gender Equality.
                                            •    DESA Intra-departmental Task Force on Indigenous Issues.
                                            •    Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues
                                            •    Participation of various members of the UNPFII in the Working
                                                 Group on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
                                                 Peoples.
                                            •    Visit of UNPFII members to International Labor Organization
                                                 (ILO).




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    Above photo: Alexandra Grigorieva (CAXA-RAIPON) (center) with the Thunderhawk Singers.

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               United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
                               Quarterly Newsletter
       Prepared by the United Nations Secretariat for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
                   Division for Social Policy and Development, DESA, United Nations



Welcome to the fifth issue of the MESSAGE
STICK2, which presents the activities of the UN                                        Secretariat of the UNPFII
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)                                     JULY
during the months of July, August and September
2004.                                                          COP10 of UNFCCC, indigenous
                                                               participation
Much has happened in these last few months at
UNPFII following our Third Session in May. We
are very sad to announce the passing of one of                 The Twentieth Session of the Subsidiary
our Vice-Chairperson and Permanent Forum                       Bodies for the Implementation (SBI 20) of
member Ms. Njuma Ekundanayo, who was a                         the United Nations Framework Convention
champion for indigenous peoples and invaluable                 on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place in
in pushing our work forward. Ms. Liliane Muzangi               Bonn, Germany, from 16 to 25 June 2004.
Mbela was elected by ECOSOC as a new member                    Mr. Tamang attended the sessions in
from the Democratic Republic of Congo. This                    representation of the UN Permanent Forum
period also saw the election of another new
                                                               on Indigenous Issues, where he presented
member of the UNPFII, Ms. Merike Kokajev from
                                                               the recommendations of the Forum to the
Estonia, thereby completing the mandated
number of UNPFII members.                                      UNFCCC and in a meeting with the Executive
                                                               Secretary of UNFCCC discussed how the
UNPFII members presented and participated in                   UNPFII and UNFCCC could work together.
various fora, including the twentieth session of               The meeting also discussed the issue of the
the Subsidiary Bodies for the Implementation of                participation of indigenous peoples during
the UN Framework Convention on Climate                         the Tenth Session of the Conference of the
Change, the International Training Center for
                                                               Parties (COP 10) which will be held in
Indigenous Peoples, and the third session of the
                                                               Argentina from 6 to 17 December 2004.
ECOSOC among others. UNPFII was also a
partner in the launch of UNDP’s Human
Development Report 2004, which focused on                      According to the SBI 20 session, Draft
cultural liberty and made integral references to               conclusions proposed by the Chair of the
indigenous peoples.                                            contact group on agenda item 9 d3, Effective
                                                               participation in the Convention process,
During this period the Secretariat of the                      regarding Participation of indigenous
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues also
                                                               peoples’, the SBI considered the
enhanced the UNPFII website by launching a
                                                               recommendations of the Permanent Forum
database of UNPFII recommendations, which
have been organized according to the sessions                  on Indigenous Issues, as well as other
and status of implementation. The database                     requests by indigenous peoples
remains a tool in progress and any feedback or                 organizations, summarized in document
suggestions to improve it would be appreciated.                FCCC/SBI/2004/5. The SBI noted that
                                                               indigenous peoples’ organizations have been
We hope you find this edition of the Message                   admitted as observers in accordance with
Stick informative and useful. We look forward to
                                                               Article 7, paragraph 6, of the Convention
receiving your feedback and may be reached at
                                                               and that the secretariat has an officer
the following address for comments, questions,
and suggestions:                                               responsible for liaising with observer
indigenouspermanentforum@un.org                                organizations, including the indigenous
                                                               peoples organizations. It also noted that
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include items relevant to the concerns of          UNDG Programme Group adopted the
indigenous peoples. The SBI encouraged             revised Guidelines for CCA/UNDAF
the indigenous peoples organizations to
make full use of the existing bodies and the       As part of his 1997 UN reform agenda to
opportunities currently afforded to them           make the United Nations an effective
under the Convention.                              institution for world peace and development
To read the complete document you can              in the 21st century, the Secretary-General
visit the UNFCCC web site:                         stressed the inter-linkages between peace
http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2004/sbi/l07       and security, poverty reduction and
.pdf                                               sustainable human development, and the
                                                   promotion and respect for human rights. In
Condolences: Ms. Njuma Ekundanayo                  response to his call for the United Nations to
                                                   articulate a coherent vision and strategy for
We deeply mourn the unfortunate passing of         a unified approach towards common
one of the distinguished Members and Vice-         development goals at the country level, the
Chairpersons of the Forum, Mrs. Njuma              Common Country Assessment (CCA) and the
Ekundanayo, on Tuesday the 6th of July             United Nations Development Assistance
2004, in Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of         Framework (UNDAF) were adopted as
Congo. In her, we have lost not only a kind        strategic planning tools for the UN system.
and caring human being, but a strong and
fearless voice for the rights of the               These Guidelines are intended to help United
indigenous peoples all over the world.             Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) to prepare
                                                   Common Country Assessments (CCAs) and
Participation of Mr. Fortunato Turpo in            United Nations Development Assistance
the International Training Center of               Frameworks (UNDAFs) as the first steps in
Indigenous Peoples                                 the preparation of country programmes and
                                                   projects supported by UN agencies. Analysis
The International Training Center of               contained in a CCA or a similar national
Indigenous Peoples (ITCIP) is based in             document provides the rationale for UN
Nuuk, Greenland. This center provides              operations in the country concerned while
workshops to indigenous peoples from               the UNDAF indicates their link to national
around the world with the focus on                 priorities (including the MDGs), their
indigenous peoples in the international            strategic direction and expected results. The
system.                                            United Nations Development Group has
                                                   included indigenous issues as one of its
This year, ITCIP launched a training               2004 priorities.
program from 9 to 24 July in Spanish for
indigenous peoples from South and Central          During the meeting held on 7 July 2004, the
America. Mr. Fortunato Turpo was invited to        United Nations Development Group (UNDG)
be one of the speakers and he presented the        adopted the revised Guidelines for Common
history, mandate and functions of the UN           Country Assessment Assistance and United
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.              Nations Assistance Framework
Also, he trained the indigenous participants       (CCA/UNDAF), which include references to
on how to present their recommendations            indigenous peoples. The UN Country Teams
during the annual session of the UNPFII.           and all UNDG members have been informed
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to make them operational. The Secretariat             system and cultural diversity, the
of the Permanent Forum worked close with              collaboration between the UNPFII and UNDP,
the Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) on              and the specific situation of Nepal with
Indigenous Issues to propose these                    respect to cultural diversity. You can read
revisions to the CCA/UNDAF Guidelines.                his intervention in our web site:
                                                      http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/docum
Launch of UNDP’s Human Development                    ents/Mr_Tamang_HDReport_2004.htm
Report 2004 Cultural Liberty in Today’s
Diverse World.                                        Presentation of the Third Session
                                                      Report to ECOSOC
Mr. Magga, Chairperson of the UNPFII,
participated at the Global launch of UNDP’s           Mr. Ole Henrik Magga, Chairperson of the
Human Development Report 2004 Cultural                UNPFII, came to New York to present the
Liberty in Today’s Diverse World in Brussels.         Report of the Third Session to the Economic
Mr. Magga’s statement appears on the                  and Social Council and also meet with the
UNPFII web site at:                                   chairpersons of the Functional Commissions
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/docum             of ECOCOC and the ECOSOC Bureau to
ents/Mr_Magga_%20BelgiumJuly2004.htm                  strengthen methods of work and
                                                      collaboration with the Council. During the
The Report contains important remarks on              meetings he expressed satisfaction to take
indigenous issues such as the following:              part in these consultations as it is the
“Accommodating people’s growing demands               UNPFII’s mandate to promote coordination
for their inclusion in society, for respect of        and integration/mainstreaming of
their ethnicity, religion, and language, takes        indigenous issues in the UN system. “It is
more than democracy and equitable growth.             therefore crucial for me , for us, to be in
Also needed are multicultural policies that           dialogue with the other subsidiary bodies of
recognize differences, champion diversity             the Council and explore how we, together,
and promote cultural freedoms, so that all            can help improve the lives of the 370 million
people can choose to speak their language,            indigenous people around the world, one of
practice their religion, and participate in           the most marginalized parts of humanity,”
shaping their culture—so that all people can          said Mr. Magga.
choose to be who they are.” For more
information, please visit UNDP’s web site:            Mr. Magga, also suggested some practical
http://hdr.undp.org/reports/global/2004/              recommendations that will hopefully
                                                      enhance collaboration among functional
Also, on the occasion of launch of the                commissions:
Human Development Report 2004, Mr.
Parshuram Tamang was invited to deliver a                •   A system should be established so
statement in Kathmandu, Nepal. He pointed                    that the secretariats of the functional
out that cultural diversity is a common                      commissions regularly transmit to
heritage of humankind, which has to be                       other commissions, including the
recognized and affirmed for the benefit of                   UNPFII, multi-year programmes of
the present and future generation. In                        work and agendas of future sessions;
addition to these remarks, he gave an                    •   Joint meetings of Bureau and
overview of the status of cultural diversity in              secretariats of functional
the world, the relation of the United Nations                commissions should be instituted,


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        and budgetary provisions should be           submit a report on his activities to the
        made from the regular budget to that         General Assembly at its fifty ninth session
        effect; such meetings should discuss         and to the Commission at its sixty-first
        coordination and how to promote              session. The Council also endorsed the
        multi-disciplinary approaches on             Commission’s request to the Secretary-
        subjects of common concern,                  General and the United Nations High
        including indigenous issues; and             Commissioner for Human Rights to provide
   •    Commissions, through their                   all the necessary human, technical and
        secretariats, should distribute to the       financial assistance to the Special
        other commissions resolutions and            Rapporteur for the effective fulfillment of his
        recommendations of special                   mandate.
        relevance to each commission.
                                                     2004/286
Resolutions and decisions adopted by                 Pre-sessional meeting of the Permanent
the Economic and Social Council (28                  Forum on Indigenous Issues
June to 23 July 2004)                                At its 49th plenary meeting, on 22 July
                                                     2004, the Economic and Social Council
DECISIONS:                                           decided to authorize, on an exceptional
2004/264                                             basis, a three-day pre-sessional meeting of
Working Group on Indigenous                          the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Populations of the Subcommission on                  in 2005 to prepare for the fourth annual
the Promotion and Protection of Human                session of the Forum with the support of the
Rights, and the International Decade of              Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous
the World’s Indigenous People                        Issues.
At its 48th plenary meeting, on 22 July
2004, the Economic and Social Council took           2004/287
note of Commission on Human Rights                   Workshop on free, prior and informed
resolution 2004/58 of 20 April 2004/289 and          consent
endorsed the Commission’s recommendation             At its 49th plenary meeting, on 22 July
that the Working Group be authorized to              2004, the Economic and Social Council
meet for five working days prior to the fifty-       decided to authorize a technical three-day
sixth session of the Subcommission on the            workshop on free, prior and informed
Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.            consent, with the participation of
                                                     representatives of the United Nations
2004/267                                             system and other interested
Human rights and indigenous issues                   intergovernmental organizations, experts
At its 48th plenary meeting, on 22 July              from indigenous organizations, interested
2004, the Economic and Social Council took           States and three members of the Permanent
note of Commission on Human Rights                   Forum on Indigenous Issues, and requested
resolution 2004/62 of 21 April 2004289 and           the workshop to report to the Forum at its
approved the decision of the Commission to           fourth session, under the special theme of
extend the mandate of the Special                    the session.
Rapporteur on the situation of human rights
and fundamental freedoms of indigenous               2004/288
people for a further period of three years,
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Venue and dates for the fourth session                 (a) Human rights, with special emphasis
of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous                       on an interactive dialogue with the
Issues                                                     Special Rapporteur of the
At its 49th plenary meeting, on 22 July                    Commission on Human Rights on the
2004, the Economic and Social Council                      situation of the human rights and
decided that the fourth session of the                     fundamental freedoms of indigenous
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues                       people;
would be held at United Nations                        (b) Data collection and the desegregation
Headquarters in New York, from 16 to 27                    of data on indigenous peoples;
May 2005.                                              (c) Follow-up to previous special
                                                           themes: “Indigenous children and
2004/289                                                   youth” (2003) and “Indigenous
Provisional agenda for the fourth                          women” (2004).
session of the Permanent Forum on                          Documentation: Note by the
Indigenous Issues                                          Secretariat and other documentation
At its 49th plenary meeting, on 22 July                    to be submitted by the United
2004, the Economic and Social Council                      Nations system
approved the following provisional agenda          5. Future work of the Forum.
and documentation for the fourth session of        6. Draft agenda for the fifth session of the
the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:          Forum.
                                                   7. Adoption of the report of the Forum on its
             Provisional agenda                    fourth session.
1. Election of officers.
2. Adoption of the agenda and organization         2004/290
    of work.                                       Proposal for a second international
3. Special theme: Millennium Development           decade of the world’s indigenous
    Goals and indigenous peoples:                  people
    (a) Goal 1 of the Millennium                   At its 49th plenary meeting, on 22 July
        Development Goals: “Eradicate              2004, the Economic and Social Council
        extreme poverty and hunger”, to be         decided to transmit to the General Assembly
        addressed under the following              for its consideration the recommendation
        thematic approach of combating             contained in draft decision V (note 299) of
        poverty: good practices and barriers       the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
        to implementation;                         on the proclamation of a second
    (b) Goal 2 of the Millennium                   international decade of the world’s
        Development Goals: “Achieve                indigenous peoples, to begin in January
        universal primary education”, to be        2005, and further recommended that, in its
        addressed under the thematic               consideration, the General Assembly, inter
        approaches of language, cultural           alia:
        perspectives and traditional                   (a) Identify goals for a second decade,
        knowledge.                                          taking into account the achievements
Documentation: Note by the Secretariat and                  of the first decade;
other documentation to be submitted by the             (b) Identify a coordinator that would
United Nations system                                       coordinate the programme of
4. Ongoing priorities and themes:                           activities of a second decade; and



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   (c) Address the question of human and             Mr. William Ralph JOEY LANGEVELDT
       financial resources to be made                Ms. Merike KOKAJEV
       available in support of the activities        Mr. Wilton LITTLECHILD
       undertaken in the framework of the            Ms. Otilia LUX GARCIA DE COTI
       decade, including the possible                Mr. Aqqaluk LYNGE
       continuation of the Voluntary Fund            Ms. Liliana MUZANGI MBELA
       established by General Assembly               Ms. Ida NICOLAISEN
       resolution 49/214 of 23 December              Ms. Nina PACARI VEGA
       1994.                                         Ms. Xiaomei QIN
Note 199: Official Records of the Economic           Mr. Pavel SULYANDZIGA
and Social Council, 2004, Supplement No.             Mr. Parshuram TAMANG
23 (E/2004/43), chap. I, sect. A                     Ms. Victoria TAULI-CORPUZ

2004/291                                             Database of Recommendations of the
Report of the third session of the                   UNPFII
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues                 In June the secretariat of the UNPFII
At its 49th plenary meeting, on 22 July              launched the UNPFII Recommendations
2004, the Economic and Social Council took           Database on the website; it displays and
note of the report of the third session of the       organizes all the recommendations provided
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues                 by the Forum at its different sessions and
(note 300) and took note of the serious              their status of implementation.
concerns and reservations in paragraph 52
contained in document E/2004/SR.48. The              It is now possible to access the list of
Economic and Social Council decided to               recommendations provided by the Forum at
transmit those concerns and reservations to          its Third Session, prepared by the
the Permanent Forum and requested the                secretariat of the UNPFII. Please check our
Permanent Forum to take them into account            database on the following address:
in its work, in accordance with its mandate          http://unhq-appspub-
as contained in Council resolution 2000/22.          01.un.org/desa/unspfii.nsf/Session%20of%2
Note 300: Official Records of the Economic           0the%20Forum?OpenPage&Start=1&Count=
and Social Council, 2004, Supplement No.             50&Expand=2 we hope you find it useful,
23 (E/2004/43)                                       and look forward to your feedback.

Elections of a member of the UN                      For any matters, you can contact us at the
Permanent Forum Members                              following address:
                                                     indigenouspermanentforum@un.org. As
                                                     usual, your comments and suggestions will
Ms. Merike Kokajev was elected by ECOSOC
                                                     be greatly appreciated.
as a new member of the UNPFII from the
Estonian government for the period 2005 –
                                                     Participation of Mr. Ayitegan Kouevi
2007. The full list of the UNPFII members as
                                                     and other members of the UNPFII at
of January 2005 is:
                                                     the Working Group on Indigenous
Mr.   Eduardo AGUIAR DE ALMEIDA                      Populations, Geneva, Switzerland.
Mr.   Hassan Id BALKASSM
Mr.   Yuri BOYCHENKO                                 Mr. Ayitegan Kouevi was designated to
Mr.   Michael DODSON                                 represent the UNPFII at the 22nd Session of


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the Working Group on Indigenous                    The program at the United Nations
Populations (WGIP), which was held from 19         Headquarters in New York this year included
to 23 July 2004 at the United Nations Office       statements of the UN Secretary-General, the
in Geneva. The main theme was:                     Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum
Indigenous Peoples and Conflict Resolution.        and others as well as various indigenous
The WGIP was also attended by Mr. Wilton           cultural presentations. The program was
Littlechild, Mr. Fortunato Turpo and Ms.           organized by the Secretariat of the
Mililani Trask.                                    Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in
                                                   cooperation with the Department of Public
Mr. Littlechild had the opportunity to meet        Information and the NGO Committee on the
with Ms. Louise Arbour, United Nations High        International Decade of the World’s
Commissioner for Human Rights and he also          Indigenous Peoples.
participated in the celebration of the
                                                   The Day’s commemorative event as well as
International Day of the World’s Indigenous
                                                   the Art Exhibit ‘IN CELEBRATION OF
People during the WGIP in Geneva,
                                                   INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’, was open to the
Switzerland.
                                                   public. For more information on the
                                                   programme of the Day and the statements
                  AUGUST
                                                   issued, please visit the web site of the
                                                   Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on
International Day of the World’s
                                                   Indigenous Issues:
Indigenous People
                                                   http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/news/
                                                   news_2.htm
In 1994, the General Assembly decided that
the International Day of the World's               Commemoration in Mexico
Indigenous People shall be observed on 9
August every year during the International         Mr. Anders Kompass, Director of the Office
Decade of the World's Indigenous People            of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
(Resolution 49/214 of 23 December). The            in Mexico and Mr. Marcos Matias, member of
date marks the day of the first meeting, in        the UNPFII gave a Press Conference on 6
1982, of the UN Working Group on                   August 2004, in the Mexican UN country
Indigenous Populations of the                      office in commemoration of the International
Subcommission on the Promotion and                 Day of the World's Indigenous People. Also,
Protection of Human Rights.                        the Museum of Popular Cultures invited Mr.
                                                   Matias to participate in different activities
The UN General Assembly had proclaimed             related to the commemoration of the
1993 the International Year of the World's         International Day.
Indigenous People, and the same year, the
Assembly proclaimed the International              Commemoration in Moscow
Decade of the World's Indigenous People,
starting on 10 December 1994 (Resolution           Ms. Zinaida Strogalschikova participated in
48/163). The goal of the Decade is to              the commemoration of the International Day
strengthen international cooperation for           of the Word’s Indigenous People organized
solving problems faced by indigenous people        by the United Nations Information Center in
in such areas as human rights, the                 Moscow on the 12th of August 2004 and
environment, development, education and            attended by indigenous peoples
health.                                            organizations academic and research

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institutions. During the event Ms.
Strogalschikova informed the audience of                                        SEPTEMBER
activities and the work of the Permanent
Forum on Indigenous Issues.                                Participation of Mr. Marcos Matias in
                                                           UNICEF’s regional meeting on the
Participation of Mr. Magga, Mr.                            Programme of the Rights of indigenous
Boychenko and Ms. Strogalschikova at                       children in Latin America
the Fourth World Finno-Ugric Peoples'
Congress in Tallinn, Estonia                               UNICEF organized regional meeting on the
                                                           Programme of indigenous children in Latin
The Fourth World Finno-Ugric Peoples'                      America, held in Panama. Mr. Nils Kastberg,
Congress was held in Tallinn, Estonia, from                UNICEF Regional Director, Mr. Marcos Matias
15 to 19 of August 2004. During the                        as well other indigenous representatives
Congress the members of the UNPFII were                    from Guatemala, Ecuador and Mexico
asked by the members of the Youth                          attended this important meeting.
Association of the Finno-Ugric Peoples to
have a meeting with the most active                        Among other things, they discussed the
members and participants of this youth                     orientation of a new approach of UNICEF’s
organization. At that meeting indigenous                   work with indigenous children and the
peoples rights protection issues in the UN                 advancement of the recommendations made
system were discussed.                                     by the UNPFII. During this meeting, UNICEF
                                                           also announced the constitution of an
At the request of the Organizing Committee                 Advisory Group of Indigenous Leaders on
of the IV World Finno-Ugric Peoples'                       indigenous youth and children in Latin
Congress, Ms. Strogalschikova prepared a                   America5. The result of this meeting will be
special presentation that was given at the                 presented at the Iberoamerica Summit,
Congress4. The presentation may be viewed                  which will be held from 18 to 20 November
at the website                                             2004 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
http://www.finugor.ru/news/sob/kon_kar_p
erep.doc                                                   Elections of a member of the UN
                                                           Permanent Forum Members
Ms. Strogalschikova was elected as a
                                                           At its resumed session, the Council elected
Chairperson of the Editorial Commission to
                                                           Ms. Liliane Muzangi Mbela (Democratic
prepare the Resolution of the IV World
                                                           Republic of Congo) to replace the late Ms,
Finno-Ugric Peoples' Congress, which was
                                                           Njuma Ekundanayo. The membership of the
adopted at the plenary meeting on the 19th
                                                           UNPFII for 2005 – 2007 appears in the
of August. The English version of the
                                                           annex. (Annex I)
Resolution of the 4th World Congress of the
Finno-Ugric Peoples may be found on
                                                           Preparations for the 10-year Review of
http://kongress.ugri.info/eng/cat-332/cat-
                                                           the Beijing Platform for Action
332/article_id-241 , the Russian one on
http://www.finugor.ru/news/sob/resolution.
doc
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                                                               Advisory Group: Ms. Otilia Lux de Coti (Guatemala),
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 Section “Health, demography, ecology” – All-Russian       Mr. Pedro de la Cruz (Ecuador), Ms. Irma Alicia
Census 2002: problems and some results.                    Velasquez (Guatemala), Mr. Marcos Matías (México).

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            United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
                            Quarterly Newsletter
     Prepared by the United Nations Secretariat for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
                 Division for Social Policy and Development, DESA, United Nations



At its 49th session in March 2005, the
Commission on the Status of Women will               Task Force on Indigenous Women of
consider the two interrelated themes:                the Inter-Agency Network on Women
“Review of the implementation of the Beijing         and Gender Equality
Platform for Action and the outcome
documents of the twenty-third special                The Task Force on Indigenous Women was
session of the General Assembly”; and                convened by the secretariat of the UNPFII
“Current challenges and forward-looking              on 11 June 2004 and the members of the
strategies for the advancement and                   Task Force are UNIFEM, FAO, OSAGI,
empowerment of women and girls.”                     DAW/DESA, SPFII/DSPD/DESA, ILO, UNDP,
                                                     OHCHR, ESCAP, ECA and UNICEF. However,
The review and appraisal by the Commission           as the work develops, the Task Force will be
will focus on implementation at the national         calling upon other agencies to contribute.
level and identify achievements, gaps and
challenges, and provide an indication of             The Task Force had before it the
areas where actions and initiatives, within          recommendations of the UN Permanent
the framework of the Platform for Action and         Forum on Indigenous Issues at its Third
the outcome of the twenty-third special              (May 2004) Session, which had Indigenous
session of the General Assembly, are most            Women as its special theme. These
urgent to further implementation.                    recommendations drew from the
                                                     submissions of indigenous women's
The UN Division for the Advancement of               preparatory meetings in Africa, Asia and
Women (DAW) has set up a webpage which               Latin America, a panel on the contribution of
provides information on both the global and          indigenous women to conflict prevention and
regional ongoing review processes, including         peace-building held during the March 2004
links to reports from Member States on               session of the Commission on the Status of
national level implementation. Upcoming              Women, a high-level panel on indigenous
events, meetings and information about               women that opened the Permanent Forum's
forthcoming on-line discussions will be              session, as well as rich discussions during
posted on the website. For news and                  the whole Third Session of the Forum.
updates, please visit:
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/Revie               The Terms of Reference were adopted by
w/index.htm                                          the Task Force on Indigenous Women in
                                                     September and contain the goals and
The Secretariat of the UNPFII is also                objectives of the Task Force in the short,
preparing an informative webpage on these            medium and long-term. After the adoption
activities.                                          of its terms of reference the Task Force met
                                                     on 28 September to make operational its
Cooperation between the SPFII and                    short-term work plan that will be
Statistics Division - DESA                           accomplished by February 2005. The Task
                                                     Force will report to the IANWGE at its
The Secretariat of the UNPFII is working             February 2005 meeting.
with the United Nations Statistics Division
(UNSD) on promoting the inclusion of                 DESA Intra-departmental Task Force on
indigenous peoples in national statistics and        Indigenous Issues
data disaggregation.


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            United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
                            Quarterly Newsletter
     Prepared by the United Nations Secretariat for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
                 Division for Social Policy and Development, DESA, United Nations



On 15 September 2004, the SPFII convened            Mr. Magga attended the Working Group of
the Intra-departmental Task force on                the Commission on Human Rights on the
Indigenous Issues with the purpose to               Draft Declaration on the Rights of
integrate indigenous issues in DESA’s               Indigenous Peoples held in Geneva,
technical cooperation programmes.                   Switzerland from 13 to 24 September 2004.

The Secretariat of the UNPFII is preparing a        Visit of UNPFII members to
survey of possibilities and challenges of           International Labor Organization (ILO).
DESA’s technical cooperation programmes
for the integration of indigenous issues and        As part of the practice of the UNPFII to
the results will be shared with the Task            conduct visits to various intergovernmental
Force, so that further steps can be taken.          organizations, Mr. Littlechild and Mr.
                                                    Boychenko from the UN Permanent Forum
Inter-Agency Support Group on                       on Indigenous Issues met with the ILO
Indigenous Issues                                   Advisory Committee on Indigenous Issues in
                                                    Geneva on Thursday 23 September 2004.
The Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) was
established to support and promote the              Present at this meeting were also in-coming
mandate of the UN Permanent Forum on                UNPFII members, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Indigenous Issues within the United Nations         and Mr. Hassan Id Balkassm.
system. It allows UN organizations and
agencies to analyze recommendations made            Mr. Magga and Mr. Littlechild met with the
by the Forum with a view to facilitate              Executive Director of the ILO’s Standards
comprehensive and coordinated responses             and Fundamental Principles and Rights at
to the UNPFII.                                      Work Sector, Mr. Kari Tapiola on Friday, 17
                                                    September 2004. A number of ideas were
This year the meeting was facilitated and           put forward to strengthen ILO’s cooperation
hosted by UNDP. Four Members of the                 with the UNPFII.
UNPFII attended. To read the IASG
statement on the Millennium Development             Deadline for Logo Competition
Goals and Indigenous Peoples, please visit
our web site:                                       The deadline for presentation of the design
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/links_          of a logo for the UN Permanent Forum on
unsystem/inter_agency_statement.htm                 Indigenous Issues, directed to indigenous
                                                    children and youth is 1 December 2004.
Participation of various members of the             To access the complete information about
UNPFII in the Working Group of the                  the art competition, please visit our website
Commission on Human Rights on the                   at:
Draft Declaration on the rights of                  http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/pfii/news.ht
indigenous peoples.                                 m

UNPFII members Ms. Trask, Mr. Littlechild,
Mr. Koeuvi, Mr. Boychenko and Chairperson                                  -------




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