UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - Seventeenth Session
16-27 April 2018 | New York, USA
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is one of three UN bodies mandated to deal specifically with indigenous peoples' issues - and it's only existed since the year 2000. Throughout that time, our part of the world has been highly involved - with Māori and Pasifika leaders at the forefront of those using the Permanent Forum as a platform for change.
Meeting for two weeks every year since 2002, the Permanent Forum works on issues related to economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health, and human rights. Specifically, its role is to provide expert advice to the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the wider United Nations on indigenous issues, and to raise awareness and promote the integration and coordination of activities related to indigenous issues within the UN.
In addition to all this, each year's conference has a specific focus; this year's theme is "Indigenous peoples' collective rights to lands, territories and resources".
As well as attending the Permanent Forum, our delegates will meet and learn from incredible indigenous community leaders in New York and visit the National Museum of the American Indian. And obviously, anyone going all that way should see the sights too - our delegates will get a tour of the city and have some free time to explore.
DEPARTS AKL - 11 April
RETURNS TO AKL - 2 May
TRAINING WEEKEND - 24-25 March
APPLICATIONS DUE - 4 March
$1500 DEPOSIT DUE - 12 March
DELEGATION FEE - $5775
Let us know if you need more flexibility with payment deadlines. Our delegates need to pay in full before departure (we're a small charity!), but we can adjust invoice dates before you leave.
JULIA AMUA WHAIPOOTI
Julia (Ngāti Porou) is a passionate advocate for systemic change. She is the proudest aunty to five and imagines an Aotearoa where they, future generations and all children have the equal chance to imagine and to reach their potential. In her day-to-day mahi, she is a Senior Advisor at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and also is a spokesperson for Justspeak, a group that advocates for transformative change in criminal justice. She sees many of the issues within our criminal justice system as reflecting the social justice failures in broader society. Julia believes in the power of young people’s experiences and voices to be visionary, hopeful and impatient for change. She has been involved in the Community Law movement over the past 8 years as a volunteer, advocate, lawyer and National Māori Co-ordinator.