11 October 2013

U.N. publishes Report of Preparations for World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference for the United Nations high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

10-12 June 2013, Alta, Norway
Alta Outcome Document

Excerpts from the Outcome Document (A/67/994)

Theme 2: United Nations system action for the implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples


10. Pursuant to the universal application of the right of self-determination for all peoples, we recommend that the United Nations recognize indigenous peoples and nations based on our original free existence, inherent sovereignty and the right of self-determination in international law; we call for, at a minimum, permanent observer status within the United Nations system, enabling our direct participation through our own Governments and parliaments; our own Governments include our traditional councils and authorities;


Theme 3: Implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples

10. We recommend that States fully honour and, in conjunction with indigenous peoples, create conditions for the right of self-determination of indigenous peoples, including through formal decolonization processes, for those indigenous peoples who seek it, and that all administering Powers of Non-Self-Governing Territories take all steps necessary to eradicate colonialism in all its forms and manifestations.