Friday, May 30, 2014

UNPFII: Closing Remarks by H.E. Mr. Crispin Gregoire


H.E. Mr. Crispin Gregoire
Special Adviser to the President of the 68th Session of the United Nations
General Assembly

Thirteenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Closing Session

23 May 2014

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Madam Chairman of the Permanent Forum
Distinguished Elders and Representatives of Tribal Governments
Members of the Permanent Forum
Representatives of Indigenous Organizations, and Civil Society Organizations
Ladies and Gentlemen

On behalf of the President of the General Assembly, I wish to express our appreciation for the invitation of the Members of the Permanent Forum for us to address the closing session of the Thirteenth Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

         There is no doubt that these last two weeks were a very productive engagement at UN Headquarters of Indigenous Peoples, Member States, UN agencies, and civil society.  The Permanent Forum represents a formidable part of the continuing institutionalization of the relationship between Indigenous People and the United Nations.
We are certain that from the many presentations and deliberations at this 13th Forum that will advances their aspirations for a more constructive engagement with the United Nations system, and for a clear and definitive position in the unfolding Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Madam Chair:

As regards the preparatory process for the World Conference on Indigenous Issues, I presented on 19 May the roadmap of the President for moving forward.  At this juncture, we have not received the consensus of Member States.  We have however received the support of Indigenous Peoples, and I want to convey our gratitude to Indigenous Peoples for the flexible posture that they have demonstrated in this challenging process.

During the two last two weeks, the Office of the President held several meetings with Indigenous Peoples, which ensured a profound appreciation of the views, and wishes of the Indigenous Peoples in respect of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

         The President will continue efforts towards a basis for the consultation process that is acceptable to both sides.  In this regard, the President will continue the dialogue with Indigenous Peoples as we go forward.

         Next week, the Office of the President will announce the way it intends to proceed towards the consultation process.  We have reached the point where a meeting with Member States, as a prelude to the consultation process, has become indispensable.

         We look forward to the understanding and support of both Member States and Indigenous Peoples to ensure that the World Conference is realized next September.

         I thank you.