The 8th United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which took off on the 18th of May 2009, witnessed the entrance of the majority of the representors of the world’s Indigenous populations.
This year’s session was dedicated to revising and analysing the how the implementation of the Declaration of the Indigenous People, voted by the General Assembly in 2007, had developed, with indegenous presentations and discussions presented by indegenous organizations, and programs dedicated to ONU agencies.
The theme of the presentations were to urgently promote the practical and international recognition of Indigenous Rights that were announced by the 2006 Declaration of the Indigenous People, as well as the importance to adopt new strategies to contrast the pauperization of our planet’s natural resources which hurts, above all, the indegenous people.
Among these interviews was the “Global Indigenous Women’s Caucus,” which presented an elaborate document during the conference attended by ERA. By ERA’s request, reference was made in the document anout the necessity to safeguard the survival of indigenous languages that are always more endangered, and to guarantee indigenous children the right to receive an education in their own mothertongue.
Later, ERA presented a communication platform created for the development of the indigenous people and those who don’t represent French-speaking Africa. It was announced that a new website was available in order to exchange thoughts, ideas, news, technical and traditional knowledge, legal concepts, positive experiences, development and acquisition of rights.
The platform plans to choose the French language for regional co-ordination, as well as using the indigenous people’s mothertongue at the base, a language which oftens sees itself denied through linguistic exclusion.
The analysis of this session was based on themes that had already been discussed during the Forum and at the base of the participation were the requests and observations of the numerous number of participants, who came to new York from all around the world.
The Forum has updated its work and sought to implement increased recommendations, together with the Institution, during a debate session where direct dialogue took place together with 6 other ONU Organizations (FAO, DESA, OUNHCHR, IFAD, UNDP, UNPF) and indigenous people. The agencies came to terms with their actions that had taken place against the indegenous people and felt pressured to take other actions in order to prove their interest in the discussed themes. The indigenous organizations took the opportunity to speak out against the faults and the damage that some of agencies’ policies had caused.