United Nations forum on Indigenous issues begins
April 20, 2021
After the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues had to postpone its 19th session due to the pandemic, the 20th session’s opening ceremony focused on the previous theme, “Peace, justice and strong institutions: the role Indigenous peoples in implementing Sustainable Development Goal 16.”
Finland’s Anne Nuorgam, who was nominated to continue as chair of the Permanent Forum, said “I will make every effort to live up to their expectations and to ensure the smooth conduct of the session being held under the particularly challenging circumstances arising from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
The meetings will be conducted until April 30 at the United Nations headquarters in New York with limited in-person meetings for the opening and closing meetings. Indigenous peoples’ organizations and other attendees are required to be online.