Bolivia Hosts UN Forum on Indigenous People

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La Paz, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) For a first time in history, Bolivia is hosting as of Wednesday a preparatory meeting of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, whose sessions will start in April.

  The event will open at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, in the presence of members of the diplomatic staff, indigenous and government authorities, and experts from 10 countries working in that world entity’s office.

According to the agenda, participants in the forum, convened for today until Friday, will analyze behind close doors issues related to the development with culture and identity, to be assessed at the UN starting April 19 through 30.

Representatives from 14 countries of the indigenous forum’s caucus or assembly will meet with governmental authorities and indigenous organizations on March 19-20 in La Paz.

Venezuela, Ecuador, Guyana, Brazil, Colombia, Belize, Costa Rica, United States, Iran, Panama, Surinam and El Salvador have confirmed the attendance to the meeting, Foreign Minister Davoid Choquehuanca stated.

Greenland, Denmark, China, Spain and Norway are some of the countries that previously hosted meetings of this kind.

The Permanent Forum was created in 2000 through a resolution of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and held its first meeting two years later.

The objective of the mandate is to examine indigenous issues in the context of ECOSOC attributions on economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights.

Source: Prensa Latina

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