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unpfii-2(7-18 May 2012)

Economic and Social Council – Official Records, 2012 – Supplement No. 23

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Chapter I

Matters calling for action by the Economic and Social Council or brought to its attention

A. Draft decisions recommended by the Permanent Forum for adoption by the Council

1. The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues recommends to the Economic and Social Council the adoption of the following draft decisions:

Draft decision I

International expert group meeting on the theme “Indigenous youth: identity, challenges and hope: articles 14, 17, 21 and 25 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

The Economic and Social Council decides to authorize a three-day international expert group meeting on the theme “Indigenous youth: identity, challenges and hope: articles 14, 17, 21 and 25 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”.

Draft decision II

Venue and dates of the twelfth session of the Permanent Forum

The Economic and Social Council decides that the twelfth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues shall be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 20 to 31 May 2013.

Draft decision III

Report of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on its eleventh session and provisional agenda for its twelfth session

The Economic and Social Council,

(a) Takes note of the report of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on

its eleventh session;

(b) Approves the provisional agenda for the twelfth session of the Permanent

Forum as set out below:

1. Election of Officers.

2. Adoption of the agenda and organization of work.

3. Follow-up on the recommendations of the Permanent Forum:

(a) Health;

(b) Education;

(c) Culture.

4. Half-day discussion on the African region.

5. Comprehensive dialogue with United Nations agencies and funds.

6. Discussion on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

7. Human rights:

(a) Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;

(b) Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

8. Future work of the Permanent Forum, including issues of the Economic

and Social Council and emerging issues.

9. Draft agenda for the thirteenth session of the Permanent Forum.

10. Adoption of the report of the Permanent Forum on its twelfth session.

B. Matters brought to the attention of the Council

2. The Permanent Forum has identified the proposals, objectives, recommendations and areas of possible future action set out below and, through the Council, recommends that States, entities of the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations, indigenous peoples, the private sector and non-governmental organizations assist in their realization.

3. It is the understanding of the Secretariat that the proposals, objectives, recommendations and areas of possible future action to be carried out by the United Nations, as set out below, will be implemented to the extent that resources from the regular budget and extra-budgetary resources are available.

Recommendations of the Permanent Forum

Special theme: “The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)”

4. The Permanent Forum recalls the fourth preambular paragraph of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which affirms that all doctrines, policies and practices based on or advocating superiority of peoples or individuals on the basis of national origin or racial, religious, ethnic or cultural differences are racist, scientifically false, legally invalid, morally condemnable and socially unjust. Legal and political justification for the dispossession of indigenous peoples from their lands, their disenfranchisement and the abrogation of their rights such as the doctrine of discovery, the doctrine of domination, “conquest”, “discovery”, terra nullius or the Regalian doctrine were adopted by colonizers throughout the world. While these nefarious doctrines were promoted as the authority for the acquisition of the lands and territories of indigenous peoples, there were broader assumptions implicit in the doctrines, which became the basis for the assertion of authority and control over the lives of indigenous peoples and their lands, territories and resources. Indigenous peoples were constructed as “savages”, “barbarians”, “backward” and “inferior and uncivilized” by the colonizers who used such constructs to subjugate, dominate and exploit indigenous peoples and their lands, territories and resources. The Permanent Forum calls upon States to repudiate such doctrines as the basis for denying indigenous peoples’ human rights.

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Contents:

I. Matters calling for action by the Economic and Social Council or brought to its attention

A. Draft decisions recommended by the Permanent Forum for adoption by the Council

I. International expert group meeting on the theme “Indigenous youth: identity,

challenges and hope: articles 14, 17, 21 and 25 of the United Nations Declaration

on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

II. Venue and dates of the twelfth session of the Permanent Forum

III. Report of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on its eleventh session and

provisional agenda for its twelfth session.

B. Matters brought to the attention of the Council

II. Venue, dates and proceedings of the session

III. Adoption of the report of the Permanent Forum on its eleventh session

IV. Organization of the session.

A. Opening and duration of the session

B. Attendance.

C. Election of officers

D. Agenda

E. Documentation

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