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"Self-development occurs to the extent that indigenous peoples have the autonomy to decide on their future, and this is only possible when indigenous peoples own, dominate and above all, have control over the territory”
Representative of the Nasa people
, Cauca, Colombia.

The report on the 10th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has been published.

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In its report, the PFII recommends ECOSOC to approve the celebration of an experts meeting next year, on the issue “struggling violence against indigenous girls and women”; to approve next period of sessions from 7 to 18 May in New York and to adopt the programme proposed for that session, that will have as special issue: “the discovery doctrine: its lasting repercussion in indigenous peoples and the right to receive fair amends for the conquests in the past” (articles 28 and 37 of the Statement).

There will be dialogues with UN Agencies and two debates: one on the right to food and food sovereignty of indigenous peoples and the other on the Indigenous Peoples World Conference (to be held in 2014). The regional debate will be focused on Central and West Europe, the Russian federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia.
The report incorporates the recommendations of the PFII on the following issues: economic and social development, environment (including forests, the Protocol of Nagoya and other processes under the CDB, climate change, among others); free, prior and informed consent (pointing out that the Forum is going to elaborate some guidelines on consent implementation); and human rights (with a reference to the mission in Colombia and the request for implementing the recommendations aimed to this community).
In relation to Latin America, the report comprises the conclusions of the half-day debate celebrated during the session and the recommendations of on the following issues: the implementation of preventive measures, the promotion of indigenous women´s right to an intercultural health, the traditional use of coke leaf,  children trafficking and prostitution, the international year of the afro-descendents and the kinoa. It is also included the development and results of the dialogue with UNICEF and the half- day debate on the right to water and indigenous peoples. The PFII issued several recommendations related to the situation of the Chittagong Hills in Bangladesh. Finally, the report includes the comments and recommendations of the PFII for the Indigenous Peoples World Conference (2014) and for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Río + (2012).
The PFII has ordered to its members to carry out the following studies:
Kanyinke Sena, Mirna Cunnigham y Bertie Xavier: study on the rights of indigenous peoples and safeguard in projects for reduction of emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), to inform the PF in its 12th period of sessions in 2013.
Saúl Vicente Vásquez: study on the extractor factories in Mexico and the situation of indigenous peoples in the territories where these factories are located.
Paimesh Hastehstudy study on a more inclusive way of participation of indigenous peoples in the process of reduction the risks of disasters, by respecting the linguistic and cultural practices of indigenous peoples which are known to be more exposed to these risks, before 31st December 2012.
Raja Devasish Roy, Berthie Xavier y Simon William M´Viboudoulou: Study on the farming changes and social-cultural integrity of indigenous peoples; its results to be presented to the PF in its 11th period of sessions.
Anna Naykanchina: study on the impact that changes in the use of the soil and climate change have in the subsistence means and land management by indigenous reindeer breeders, considering cultural criteria adapted to the soil use by indigenes, to present its results to the Forum  in its 11th period of sessions.
Dalee Sambo Dorough: study, as example of good practices, of the mechanism of indigenous participation in the Artic Council, the Inuit Circumpolar Statement on the principles for the development of resources in Inuit Nunaat and the administration system in Lapland, to present its results to the Forum in its 11th period of sessions.
Megan Davis, Simon William M´Viboudoulou, Valmaine Toki, Paul Kanyinke Sena, Edward John, Álvaro Esteban Pop Ac y Raja Devasish Roy: study on the national constitutions and the UN Statement on the rights of indigenous peoples, in order to assess how indigenous peoples ´rights are included in national constitutions, considering the rights recognized in the Statement, to be presented to the Forum in its 11th period of sessions.
Eva Biaudet, Megan Davis, Helen Kaljuläte y Valmaine Toki: study on the impact of the violence against indigenous women and girls, to be presented to the PF in its 11th period of sessions in 2012.
The 10th session of the PFII was held in the UN Headquarters in NYC, from 16 to 27 May 2010.
The report is available at the link below.

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