The UCTP and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

NEW YORK, NY (UCTP Taino News) - Preparations are well underway for Caribbean Indigenous participation during the upcoming Fifth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which will take place from 15-26 May 2006 in New York. This years’ session will focus on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) continuing the agenda theme from the Fourth Session.

Following past initiatives such as the founding of the first Caribbean Indigenous Caucus to register with the Forum to facilitating inclusion of artistic expressions from the region within the UN’s annual exhibition “In Celebration of Indigenous Peoples”, the UCTP is committed to increasing the visibility of Caribbean Indigenous Peoples this year.

Working in solidarity with other representatives under the auspices of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus of the Greater Caribbean (IPCGC), the UCTP plans to highlight the unique situation of Caribbean Indigenous Peoples during collective interventions, and by participating in several special events. Some already confirmed panels will focus on Sacred Sites, a follow up on the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), and the UCTP sponsored panel entitled “The MDGs and Indigenous Peoples: A Focus on Caribbean First Nations”.

Caribbean indigenous representatives have already confirmed attendance to the Forum from Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Diaspora. Guyanese representatives have also expressed interest in attending the Forum although their participation is contingent on securing travel funding.

During the visit of the Caribbean delegates, the UCTP Regional Coordinating Office is also planning several off-site initiatives in collaboration with other organizations such community gatherings, discussion groups, and press interviews.

Persons who maybe interested in volunteering doing this time should contact the UCTP Regional Coordinating Office in NY at uctp_ny@yahoo.com or by telephone at 1(212)604-4186. Contributions are also needed to assist the visitors while they are here.

UCTPTN 04.20.2006

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