Tuesday, December 8, 2009

United Nations - Invitation Letter to the 9 Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 19-30 April 2010

Division for Social Policy and Development
Room DC2-1324, 2 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017
Tel: (212) 963-3175  Fax: (212) 963-3062  E-mail: ngoran@un.org

Dear Friend,

On behalf of Mr. Jean-Pierre Gonnot, Acting Director, Division for Social Policy and Development (DPSD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA,. I have the pleasure to inform you that the Ninth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be convened from 19 to 30 April 2010 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Due the structural work relating to the United Nations premises at Headquarters referred to as the Capital Master Plan, no specific information on the venue of the session can be provided at this time. Further information will be available at the website of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in due time: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/en/session_ninth.html

The special theme of the ninth session will be “Indigenous peoples: development with culture and identity; articles 3 and 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. The session will also include discussions on North America and a number of ongoing priorities and themes, as well as an in-depth dialogue with several United Nations agencies. Further information on the ninth session is available at the following link: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/en/session_ninth.html

Should your organization wish to send one or more representatives to the forum, please provide the names(s) of your designated representative (s) to us by using the online pre-registration system through the following link no later than 22 March 2010: http://www.un.org/ecosoc/csonet. You must sign in to the online system using your assigned username and password (use the "Click here to Sign In" in the upper right corner once you reach the website) then click on the link "Invitations" that appears on the left side menu bar. You will then see the link to the forum event where you can pre-register, designate your representatives and download your letter of invitation. In case you cannot use the online pre-registration system for any technical reason, please get in touch with us.

For further questions regarding pre-registration, please contact Mr. Yao Ngoran, Chief, Civil Society and Outreach Unit, Division for Social Policy and Development, DC2-1324, United Nations, NY 10017, fax: (212) 963-3062, Email: ngoran@un.org.

Representatives of organizations in need of a visa to enter the United States should note that United States Consulates request that visa applications be submitted three months prior to the opening of the session. Therefore we encourage representatives of interested non-governmental organizations (NGOs), indigenous peoples’ organizations (IPOs) and academic institutions to submit their visa applications as early as possible, preferably before 19 January 2010.

NGO representatives in possession of annual group-passes are also encouraged to pre-register using the Online Pre-registration System. Pre-registration allows for a proper planning of the session. This process should be completed by 22 March 2010, one month before the opening of the session. It should also be understood that the costs of travel and daily subsistence, arrangements for travel, accommodation and visas are the responsibility of participants.

For additional information regarding your participation at this session of the Permanent Forum, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Yao Ngoran at ngoran@un.org.

Yours sincerely,
Elsa Stamatopoulou
Chief, Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

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