The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council that provides a space for discussion and exchange of ideas regarding Indigenous issues. Economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights are the main issues addressed.

Discussions to establish the UNPFII began in the late 1980s but it was not formally set up until 2000. The Forum holds yearly two-week sessions that normally take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Comprising 16 independent experts that broadly represent the world’s indigenous peoples, the Forum provides expert advice to the Council, programs, funds and agencies of the United Nations, raises awareness and circulates information on indigenous matters. Of the 16 members, 8 are nominated by member governments and the other 8 are nominated by indigenous organizations. In addition to the six mandated areas, the Forum also addresses a number of other cross-cutting topics that affect indigenous peoples, such as children and youth, gender and indigenous women. Young indigenous leader Tania Pariona, who stars in’s episode on Quechua rights in Peru, participates in the Forum’s youth crocus to defend her people’s rights and identity.
Feb 8, 2016
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