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The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a draft resolution to hold a high-level plenary meeting on 22-23 September, 2014 in New York to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The main objectives of the Conference will be to “share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples and to pursue the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” The resolution also states that the Conference “shall result in a concise action oriented outcome document…on the basis of consultations with Member States, as well as indigenous peoples, and by taking into account the views emerging from the preparatory process.”
“The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples presents a unique opportunity to ensure greater and more inclusive participation of indigenous peoples in decisions which affect them. Indigenous peoples need to be involved, heard and their issues addressed for real and transformative changes to happen. As well, the World Conference is an opportunity to bring to light the historical and current challenges facing indigenous peoples,” said Grand Chief Ed John, Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.