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United Nations

Permanent Forum

on Indigenous Issues

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) was created on July 28, 2000 by a resolution from ECOSOC. The UNPFII was created to provide an advisory body to ECOSOC regarding Indigenous issues, specifically those pertaining to development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights.

The UNPFII serves three key functions:

I. Provide expert advice and recommendations on Indigenous issues to the ECOSOC Council, as well as to other programmes, funds, and agencies of the United Nations through the Council;

II. Raise awareness and promote the integration and coordination of activities relating to Indigenous issues within the UN system; and

III. Prepare and disseminate information on Indigenous issues.


This committee will consist of 50 delegates representing Member States who are stakeholders in the issues discussed.

This year, the UNPFII will discuss the following two topics:

  1. Redefining Food Sovereignty Nationally
  2. Integrating Food Sovereignty into Healthcare Systems

Staff Members

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