Upcoming Events

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources

Side Event During the High Plenary meeting of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, to be known as the “World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Venue: Instituto Cervantes, 211 E 49th St (between 3rd and 2nd Ave), NY 10017
Date: 23rd September 2014
Hour: 10:00AM
Organisers: ILC, IFAD, FAO, CBD, UNEP

The event will be held in English. Interpretation will be available in French, Spanish and Russian and Chinese (tbc)

The side-event “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources” will have a specific focus in the contributions and rights of indigenous peoples that are recognised in a series of international instruments, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), ILO Convention No. 169 concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGTs) as well as the opportunities that Pastoralism can offer in a green economy context as suggested by UNEP and IUCN in a forthcoming study. Progressive and constructive experiences generated in the implementation of these instruments can be used to inform and inspire initiatives in areas where challenges and questions remain. The outcome of the discussions will inform and make concrete suggestions towards the opportunities that already exist and that could grow into more options for the Post 2015 agenda in which Indigenous Peoples need a stronger recognition and participation as custodians of the lands and the environment.

More information to follow soon. Please contact Laetitia.Zobel@unep.org for any further questions.

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Recently Concluded

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 13th session, 2014- Side event: Pastoralism and the Post 2015 agenda

21 May 2014

New York

This side event was held on 21 May 2014 by UNEP with following partners: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples (WAMIP), International Land Coalition (ILC), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Tebtebba Pastoralism and the Post 2015 agenda.The side event examined facts, myths and emerging issues impacting pastoralists worldwide. A panel of speakers representing indigenous pastoralists, governments and UN bodies explored sustainable pastoralism solutions that could help define appropriate targets or indicators for the sustainable development goals.

Please find the side event report here.

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Regional Workshop on the Implementation of  Rio Principle 10 in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)


12 - 13 May 2014

Amman, Jordan

The Regional Workshop on the Implementation of Rio Principle 10 Regional and the Guidelines for the Development of National Legislation on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters was convened in Amman, Jordan on 12-13 May 2014.

The Workshop comprised of five working sessions addressing (i) the Eye on Earth, Principle 10 and the Access for All Special Initiative; (ii) Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration from 1992 and it application worldwide; (iii) the three pillars of the Bali Guidelines and the manual being developed for its implementation (with participants provided with an Arabic translation of the draft manual which was translated as part of the project); (iv) a discussion session around advancing capacity development and exploring opportunities for national action and capacity development to effectively implement Principle 10 at the national level, alongside regional synergies; and (v) the final session which reviewed the key outcomes and identified follow-up action. There were 31 participants to the meeting, representing 8 national governments 15 national and regional organisations, from 12 countries of the region.

Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives

24 - 28 March 2014

Nairobi, Kenya

The Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) was hosted in Nairobi, Kenya between 24-28 March 2014 and considered policy matters and prepared draft decisions for the consideration of the UNEA in June 2014.

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Regional Consultative Meetings With Major Groups and Stakeholders 2013
Once a year, the Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch in conjunction with the Regional Offices convenes Regional Consultative Meetings with Major Groups and Stakeholders (RCM) in all six UNEP regions. The consultations which took place in 2013 in preparation of the United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEA) to be held from 23-27 June 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya are all listed here.


Regional Workshop on the Implementation of Rio Principle 10 in the Caribbean Region: Trinidad and Tobago, September, 2013
Strengthening effective engagement of all stakeholders in environmental decision-making is considered an important pre-requisite of sustainable development. Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration (“Rio Principle 10”) was adopted at the 1992 Rio Summit by Heads of State and Government with the goal to strengthen access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters. This was reaffirmed in the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (BPoA) in 1994 and the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS (MSI) (2005).

Global Conference on Implementing Intergenerational Equity: Bringing Future Perspectives to the Status Quo
UNEP and the World Future Council are co-hosting a "Global Conference on Implementing Intergenerational Equity” from 4-5 July 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. The two-day conference will bring together a wide range of civil society, including youth representatives, environmental lawyers, academics, human rights and governance experts and existing Ombudspersons for Future Generations. The event is designed to broaden awareness and understanding on intergenerational equity, and consider what are the new mechanisms or tools to effectively take into account future generations. The outcomes of the conference will be fed into the UNSG report on Intergenerational Solidarity and Future Generations, due to be completed by in July and presented to the General Assembly this August.
Conference on “The Post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals – what roadmap beyond the Millennium Development Goals and Rio+20?”
UNEP and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation co-hosted a two-day consultation bringing together key stakeholders, thinkers and policymakers on 6-7 June to discuss the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the SDGs processes. The meeting brought together 35 participations from 11 countries. The meeting provided an opportunity for African stakeholders to voice their perspectives on the Post-2015 development framework, and on the SDGs formulation process. Guided by the question “What SDGs for Africa?” the consultation aimed at initiating a participatory stakeholder engagement in the Post-2015 and SDGs development process in Africa.

The main conclusions of the meeting were that the Post-2015 development framework should address the inequalities and “leave no one behind”; and should not be an excuse to fail to address globally binding treaties on certain issues, especially on environment. There is an urgent need to harmonize the global agenda with national and local plans and priorities to ensure ownership and sustainability of outcomes. More meaningful and full inclusion of African civil society in the process of developing the African common position is needed as opposed to leaving this process to UN agencies. The space for stakeholders’ engagement should be expanded as the current space for participation is not enough, and there is still one concern which is on how to engage with the African Union process – what opportunities for participation.
SDGs and Post-2015 Conference Report
12th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
Recognizing the rights, responsibilities and contribution of indigenous people for caring for the environment, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the UNEP Indigenous People Policy Guidance, as a step forward for achieving effective, efficient, and mutually beneficial relations with Indigenous Peoples during this year’s UN-PFII at its 12th session. The policy guidance forms part of the continuing process of engagement of UNEP’s work on Major Groups and Stakeholders.

After a brief presentation of the main elements and the objectives of the policy guidance, Participants acknowledged that the policy guidance was very welcome including the fact that it was open for comments and revision. It also depicts awareness and sensitivity of Indigenous Peoples issues and clearly recognizes their contribution to sustainable development and The Future We Want.  Themes and issues that will need revision within the policy are the definition of Indigenous Peoples, a clearer
First Universal UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum
The 27th Special Session of the Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was held from 18-22 February 2013 at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya
Special theme: Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-14) 2013
In preparation for the 27th special session of the Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) held from 18-22 February 2013 in Nairobi, UNEP organized the14th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-14) from 16-17 February 2012 in Nairobi.

Regional Consultative Meetings 2012
  Regional Consultative Meeting for Africa
7-9 September 2012 -  Arusha, Tanzania

Regional Consultative Meeting for Europe
13-14 November 2012 - Baku, Azerbaijan

Regional Consultative Meeting for West Asia
19-20 November 2012 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Regional Consultative Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean
19-20 November 2012 - Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Regional Consultative Meeting for Asia and the Pacific
22-23 November 2012 - Kathmandu, Nepal

Regional Consultative Meeting for North America
12-13 December 2012 - Washington, D.C., USA