Wednesday, January 18, 2012

International expert group meeting on combating violence against indigenous women and girls: article 22 of the United Nations Declaration on the Right

UN Headquarters, New York
18-20 January 2012

Venue: Conference Room 5--North Lawn Building

The meeting is attended by international indigenous experts whose findings are submitted to the eleventh session of the Permanent Forum in May 2012.

Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Ms. Talei Cama
2 UN Plaza
Room DC2-1451B
New York, New York 10017

This Expert Group Meeting is being organized following a recommendation of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), approved by ECOSOC decision 2011/266, which authorized a three-day international expert group meeting on the theme "Combating violence against indigenous women and girls: article 22 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples" and requested that the results of the meeting be reported to the Permanent Forum at its eleventh session, to the General Assembly at its sixty-seventh session and to the Commission on the Status of Women at its fifty-sixth session in 2012. The meeting will discuss the way in which the UNPFII should address its mandate under Article 22 of the Declaration.

The EGM will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 18 to 20 January 2012 in conference room 5 in the North Lawn Building and will be held between 10 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 6 pm each day. It will be attended by indigenous experts and UNPFII members as well as interested Member States, UN Agencies and Indigenous Peoples' Organizations. Due to the limited capacity of the room, invitations will be given out to indigenous peoples’ organizations on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that there is no SPFII funding available for this meeting. All observers are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and related arrangements.

For those confirmed participants requiring UN ground passes, when arriving at the United Nations, please enter the main Secretariat Building, located at 46th street and First Avenue through the visitor’s entrance. Please carry with you a valid government-issued photo ID document and the invitation letter to the meeting. Once you pass Security please look for the sign “Indigenous Issues”. Staff from the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be there to assist you and deliver your UN pass to you on the mornings of Wednesday, 18 January and Thursday, 19 January from 9 am to 11 am. Please note, that in order to pick up your badge, you must arrive at the UN during this time period, as staff will not be there to assist you after these hours.


Submitted by the Secretariat of UNPFII:

Programme of Work (EN)

Concept Paper for Combatting Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls :Article 22 UNDRIP(EN)

*Submitted by Experts:

Paper submitted by Prof. Rauna Kuokkanen (EN)

Paper submitted by Ms Terri Henry (EN)

Paper submitted by Ms Mary Simat (EN)

Paper submitted by Ms Sangeeta Lama (EN)

Paper submitted by Ms Guadalupe Martinez Perez (ES)

Paper submitted by Ms Edwina Kotoisuva (EN)

*Submitted by UN Agencies and Indigenous Peoples' Organizations:

Paper submitted by Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) (EN)

Paper submitted by MDG Achievement Fund, UNFPA and International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI)--Joint Project (ES)

Paper submitted by Ms Andrea Carmen and Ms Viola Waghiyi (EN)

* The views and opinions expressed in these papers are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent official policy or positions of the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.