How will the Permanent Forum operate in 2022?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the 2022 session of the Permanent Forum is scheduled to take place in a hybrid format (2 hours) with meetings taking place both in-person and in a virtual live format. This format takes into account the constraints and opportunities in the changing and evolving environment of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related safety and health guidelines implemented at the United Nations Headquarters.
Only the opening and closing of the session will be in person.
Regional dialogues on North America, the Pacific and Asia will be virtual. Links to access the dialogues can be find in the INDICO system.
Regional dialogues on Central and South America and the Caribbean; Africa and the Arctic will be in a hybrid format.
All side events, take place online/virtually.
Compliance with COVID-19 measures implemented at UN Headquarters:
- By swiping your UN-issued ID, all persons entering the UNHQ confirm they have not had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in the last 5 days or a positive COVID test result in the last 5 days.
- Persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection such as seasonal flu are required to stay at home.
- Those with exposure to someone with COVID-19 (including close contacts) are recommended to wear a mask.
Dates and times
Please check the Programme of work for detailed information.
My organization is interested in attending the next session of the Permanent Forum. Can we participate?
Participation in Permanent Forum sessions is open to indigenous peoples’ organizations, NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC, academic institutions and human rights institutions.
Organizations that have not participated in previous sessions need to create a profile in the integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System to seek accreditation. Accreditation for new organizations is open prior to general pre-registration for individual participants. All participants need to pre-register for the sessions of the Permanent Forum in the INDICO system. Deadline for on-line registration for 2022 session for new indigenous peoples’ organizations and academia was 1 April 2022. All relevant information about registration is posted on this website.
My organization attended previous sessions of the Forum. Do we still need to pre-register?
Yes. All accredited organizations interested in attending the next session of the Forum are invited to register online (3 per organization) to be provided access to participate in the virtual session. Indigenous peoples’ organizations must designate up to two Conference Focal Points, who will review the individual registrations of members of their organization that use the platform. Please find the instructions on the participation guide. Please note that for the 2022 session, three delegates can be registered under each organization.
Deadline for on-line registration for 2022 session in INDICO system is 11 April 2022.
My organization has consultative status with ECOSOC, but we have not received a confirmation letter to attend the session of the Permanent Forum. How can we pre-register?
All participants, including those from organizations enjoying consultative status with ECOSOC must register online to attend the session of the Forum. The NGO in consultative status must designate up to two Conference Focal Points, who will review the individual registrations of members of their organization that use the platform. Please see instructions on the participation guide. Please note, that for the 2022 session, three delegates can be registered under each NGO in consultative status.
How to register for the Speakers’ List and panel discussions?
All substantive meetings of the 2022 session will last two hours. Therefore, the speaking time amounts to three minutes per registered organization.
If you wish to speak at the session you will need to register online. This online speakers’ lists are open to indigenous peoples’ organizations and non-governmental organizations with ECOSOC consultative status. Member States and UN entities have their registration process for the speakers list.
All statements delivered in the Forum must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org a day before of delivery in order to ensure proper interpretation. Interpretation for statements not sent in advance may be impacted or suspended given the additional difficulties related to remote simultaneous interpretation.
The order of speakers is determined by the Chair of the Permanent Forum.
The deadline to register as speaker is 20 April. 2022 UNPFII Speakers lists (google.com)
Indigenous peoples’ organizations, UN entities, NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC, and academia are invited to submit written statements to the Permanent Forum. Only statements from organizations that are registered to attend the 2022 session through the INDICO platform will be accepted. Please ensure that at least one person from your organization is registered.
Participants inscribed on the lists of speakers under items 4, 5(d), 6 and 7 and who are unable to make their intervention due to the lack of time at a meeting will have the option of submitting their statement to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues through the following link: 2022 Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Written Statements (google.com)
UN Web TV will webcast the meetings with the exception of the closed meeting of the Permanent Forum on Wednesday, 27 April (AM). In the second week, only the formal in-person meeting on Friday, 6 May (PM) will be webcast. http://webtv.un.org/
How will the interactive dialogues will be conducted?
There will be a dialogue with observers in agenda items indicated. Please note that Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations, NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC are invited to register for dialogue under item 5 (a) on Friday, 29 April, 9 am – 11 am.
Discussions are intended to be interactive in nature and there will be no pre-established list of speakers. For the hybrid meetings, intention to speak will be expressed by pressing the microphone button on the console before the delegation in the conference room and by using the raise hands function in the virtual platform.
Given the limited time available and to allow the maximum number of participants to intervene, interventions should be limited to no more than three minutes each, or shorter if there is a large number of requests. The time limit will be strictly implemented, including through the muting of microphones once the time limit is reached.
If most of the session is online and it is all streamed, then why should I register?
If you wish to make a statement at the Permanent Forum, you need to register.
If you wish to present a written statement, you need to register.
If you wish to organize a side event that is included in the official list of side events, you need to register.
If you wish to have the participation of your organization reflected in the official documentation of the United Nations, you need to register.