UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2017

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2017

Indigenous Affairs
Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Department of the Prime Minister of Cabinet

Ambassador Gillian Bird joins the Australian Delegation

The 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will take place in New York from 24 April to 5 May 2017. This pre-eminent forum brings together indigenous peoples and advocates with United Nations member states to discuss important issues facing indigenous people.

The Australian Government has a small delegation at the UNPFII, led by Ms Rachel O’Connor, Assistant Secretary of the Strategic Policy Branch and Ms Anne-Marie Roberts, National Director of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Regional Network.

Rachel O’Connor and Anne-Marie Roberts at the UN General Assembly

The UNPFII is a high-level, annual event that provides the opportunity for indigenous peoples and Member States to share knowledge and issues. Together with other UN bodies it explores and advocates for best practice models for working with and supporting indigenous people in maintaining their cultures, languages and history. 

This year the forum’s theme is celebrating the tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. To find out more, and to follow the activities at UNPFII, or to see the work of the Australian Government delegation and Indigenous Australians speaking at the event, please go to the UNPFII 2017 website.

The forum has had a fantastic start with speeches by Australia’s delegation and from Australia’s new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO. June’s speech met with resounding applause from the forum when she announced she was the first Indigenous Australian woman to be named the Social Justice Commissioner.  

To read the latest statements delivered by the Delegation at the forum check out the UN NY Mission website.