Interactive hearing on indigenous issues to be held soon

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John W. Ashe. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

An interactive hearing on issues affecting indigenous peoples around the world is to be held soon at the United Nations in preparation for a major conference later this year.

The announcement was made by the President of the General Assembly, John Ashe at the start of this year's session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Hundreds of representative of indigenous peoples from around the world have gathered in New York for the two-week session which is this year focusing on good governance.

Ambassador Ashe told the session that the UN will hold its first ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September this year in accordance with a General Assembly resolution.

He said the UN is committed to ensuring that there are the required consultations for the Conference.

"In the meantime, however, I wish to announce the convening of the Interactive hearing soon after the Permanent Forum. This event will provide the opportunity for dialogue between representatives of the indigenous peoples on the one hand, and, on the other, representatives of the United Nations system, and a variety of sectors of national society." (27")

Ambassador Ashe said the success of the hearing will depend on the quality of ideas and programmes that are generated in the current session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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