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United Nations Economic and Social Council: Permanent Forum Hails General Assembly Adoption of Indigenous Rights Declaration

Posted: 2008-05-02

PERMANENT FORUM HAILS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTION OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS DECLARATION,

PLEDGES TO MAKE IT 'A LIVING DOCUMENT', AS SEVENTH SESSION CONCLUDES

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Hailing the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the General Assembly in September 2007 as the beginning of a "new era of renewed partnerships", the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today pledged its commitment to making the Declaration a "living document" throughout its work.

Noting that it, too, had a new responsibility under the Declaration, the Permanent Forum invited the international community as a whole to apply the Declaration in their policies and programmes for the improvement of indigenous peoples' well-being, in one of six sets of draft recommendations and three draft decisions approved by consensus at the close of its seventh session.

The entire text of the document can be found at: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2008/hr4953.doc.htm.