Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

New UN Permanent Forum For Indigenous Issues Est.

New UN Permanent Forum For Indigenous Issues Established

Foreign Minister Phil Goff and the Minister of Maori Affairs Parekura Horomia have welcomed the decision to establish a new permanent forum at the United Nations on indigenous issues as a significant advance for indigenous people.

The decision to set up the new forum for indigenous issues taken by consensus in the United Nations' Economic and Social Council in New York on 28 July.

"New Zealand has played an active role in developing the proposal over the past eighteen months and fully supports the new forum. Maori have also been active participants in the negotiations," Mr Goff and Mr Horomia said.

"The new body will give a higher profile to indigenous issues and will bring better co-ordination to the UN's work in the area.

"Such a forum was a key goal of the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995-2004). In setting up the permanent forum the international community is giving tangible effect to the Decade theme of Partnership in Action.

"New Zealand looks forward to playing an active and constructive role in the work of the new forum, with a view to promoting the interests of indigenous people globally."

It is expected that the permanent forum on indigenous issues will hold its first meeting in 2002. It will comprise equal numbers of experts chosen by governments and indigenous people. The forum will play an advisory and co-ordinating role, designed to ensure that the interests and concerns of indigenous people are taken more fully into account in the work of all UN agencies.

It is also intended that the forum will hold an annual meeting to gauge indigenous views and concerns, which will provide indigenous organisations and individuals with a valuable opportunity for dialogue and interaction.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels