Following the positive experiences in 2017, Secretariat of the Permanent Forum (SPFII) and Department of Public Information (DPI) will organize an Indigenous Media Zone during the 17th session of the Permanent Forum in 2018 to allow indigenous media, journalists and platforms an opportunity to report on the session through indigenous worldviews, perspectives and languages and organize media events around the theme of the session – “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources” and contribute to the deliberations of the Forum.
Programme and Events
The Indigenous Media Zone will provide indigenous media, journalists and platforms a working space equipped with WiFi and live stream of events happening inside the United Nations during the session of the Permanent Forum. The space will also allow for interaction with non-indigenous media. The Media Zone will include:
- Main stage: Live webcast interviews, panel debates and discussions with indigenous experts, human rights defenders, delegates, CEOs and celebrities
- Media workspace: Real-time coverage, interaction with speakers and blogging about events
- UNPFII Live streaming: Follow live content from the UNPFII meetings
- Social media: Facebook Live and Twitter conversations
The events will be around the theme of the Permanent Forum session and issues related to the agenda of the session. In the context of increasing global discourse on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, events around the 2030 Agenda will also be included. Detailed events of the programme will be designed in collaboration with indigenous media groups and networks and updated regularly.
Draft of Indigenous Media Zone Programme (as of 19 April 2018)
Following events were live streamed on the Facebook page of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and on UN Web TV (being updated).
Desafíos para los medios comunitarios indígenas y la seguridad de los periodistas en América Latina
UN Water Action Decade and Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water
Indigenous Youth and the Sustainable Development Goals
Advancing the rights of indigenous peoples – the Sami example
Conservation programmes and the rights of indigenous peoples
Indigenous Women Human Rights Defenders
Indigenous Human Rights Defenders and Land Rights in Asia
2019: International Year of Indigenous Languages
Advancing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples National and Regional Human Rights Mechanisms
Indigenous Peoples and the Sustainable Development Goals
See media events organized by indigenous community media NOTIMIA Agencia de noticias por mujeres indígenas y afrodescendientes on their Facebook page.
Target users and audience
The primary users of the Indigenous Media Zone will be indigenous media, journalists, bloggers, advocates and spokespersons, from both national media and community media. Non-indigenous media, including UN correspondents, will also be invited to join the media zone, particularly for the main panels and interviews, and to encourage meaningful networking with indigenous media and channel the voices of indigenous peoples into mainstream media.
Dates and Location
The Indigenous media zone will be located in the UN Correspondents Association Room from Monday, 16 April 2018 to Friday, 20 April 2018. The space will be open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The Indigenous Media Zone is organized by SPFII and DPI, in cooperation with indigenous media groups and networks and other UN entities.