Press conference by indigenous leaders and human rights advocates to discuss the United Nations Declaration on the Rights on Indigenous Peoples regarding its significance, status and future.11:00 a.m., Tuesday, 12 December, 2006Room S-226, United Nations Headquarters, New York.
Speakers will include Mr. Roberto Borrero, Indigenous Peoples' Caucus; Ms. Alison Graham, International Service for Human Rights and Mr. Phil Fontaine, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations. Discussion moderated by Ms. Elsa Stamatopoulou, Chief, Secretariat of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues/DSPD/DESA.
Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations and the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the Human Rights Council on 29 June 2006 after more than twenty-four years of efforts.
On 28 November 2006, the United Nations Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) adopted Resolution A/C.3/61/L18/Rev 1 in New York. The resolution resulted in the General Assembly deferring consideration and action on the Declaration and allowing for further consultations on the text.
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