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The Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 review of Conference for the Treaty on Non-Proliferation will be held from April 28 – May 9 the at the New York UN headquarters.  Created in the seventies, this treaty is considered the cornerstone of international treaties that deal with containing and reducing the chance of using nuclear weapons, with Russia and the United States as the major parties. Recent activities in the Crimea and Syria bring renewed realization of the need for moving forward on disarmament and abolition of these weapons of mass destruction.
–contributed by Stacy Hanrahan

The thirteenth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will take place May 12-23 here in New York, with the theme “Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” The Forum this year will focus on specific clauses of the Declaration relating to self-determination, strengthening political, legal, social, economic and cultural institutions, and the right to a nationality. This year also will mark the introduction of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (a member of the Kankana-ey Igorot people from the Cordilera region of the northern Philippines) as the new Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples.
– contributed by Morgan Jue

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