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Indigenous Forum

With the deadline of a post-2015 development agenda approaching, 2015 is an important year for the security and prosperity of the world’s indigenous peoples, United Nations Deputy Secretary-June 4General Jan Eliasson said at the opening of the fourteenth session of the UN’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. “Now is the time for indigenous peoples to be at the forefront of a transformative agenda that leaves no one behind.”

Member states reaffirmed their support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People; agreed to a set of goals and commitments on health, education, land, and livelihoods; and agreed to insure that such services be provided in ways that are “culturally appropriate.” They also agreed to address the participation of indigenous peoples at the UN! General Assembly President Sam Kutesa of Uganda commented “Owing to the unparalleled cooperation that took place, we have an Outcome Document that lays out firm commitments for member states to take concrete actions on addressing the rights and well-being of indigenous peoples set out in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” See that document at the following site: http://undesadspd.org/indigenouspeoples/declarationontherightsofindigenouspeoples.aspx;