The UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Rights, Ms Victoria Tauli Corpuz, addresses the 8th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) under Agenda item 3: Follow-up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, including the review of the mandate of the Expert Mechanism.
She said, “After the historic World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) held last year, this year’s session is a good opportunity to visit the Outcome Document and see which among the commitments agreed to are moving or have great potentials of being implemented at the national and global levels.”
“It is almost going to be a year since its adoption and this is an opportune time to see the trends as far as its implementation is moving. One other reason for revisiting this historic document is that this year, 2015, the UN is going to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. The contributions and operationalization of the WCIP Outcome Document will be very important in ensuring that indigenous peoples will not be left behind in the implementation of these SDGs”
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