United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

ILO at the Seventeenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council. The Forum was established in 2000 with the mandate to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. During this year’s session, discussions will be held on “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources”.

The ILO, being the institutional host to Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169) and an active member of the Inter-agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues (IASG) has regularly participated in the UNPFII’s sessions which offer an opportunity for dialogue among indigenous peoples, governments and UN agencies.

The ILO will continue to engage in the Forum’s discussions, highlighting the role of Convention No. 169 in putting in place laws, polices, and institutions at the country-level, which address indigenous peoples’ rights in the context of democracy, good governance and sustainable development for all.

The ILO will be holding a side-event to highlight ways forward for improving the working conditions of indigenous women and men in diverse sectors and ensuring decent work opportunities.


20 April, United Nations, New York

Working Conditions of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Rural and Urban Economies: Lessons from Bangladesh

The event will bring to the fore the transformations underway in the working lives of indigenous women and men, and the critical relationship of such changes with working conditions. Building on the perceptions and aspirations of indigenous women and men that are increasingly engaged in diverse economic activities in urban and rural economies, the event will serve as a platform to share important lessons learnt, highlight innovations in public policies, and chart ways forward to accelerate action for ensuring decent work opportunities and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 

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