Academic journal article Nomadic Peoples

Mobile Peoples Participation at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 15-26 May, 2006

Academic journal article Nomadic Peoples

Mobile Peoples Participation at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 15-26 May, 2006

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The United Nations Secretariat for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues invited the Standing Committee of the Dana Declaration on Mobile Peoples and Conservation (Dana Standing Committee) in partnership with the Coordinating Committee of the World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples (WAMIP) to organize a side-event at the Fifth United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), 15-26 May 2006 in New York. This invitation was made in order to raise awareness of the special circumstances and vulnerabilities of mobile peoples within the larger Indigenous Peoples Movement. 20 representatives of mobile peoples from Africa, the Middle East and Asia took part in the UN Permanent Forum meetings.

A lunch time side-event on the theme of mobility, livelihoods, conservation and environmental impacts on mobile peoples was held at the Permanent Forum on Monday 22 May. It was chaired by Mr William Langeveldt, the UN Forum representative of the Koi San Peoples and drew a large group of participants from the UN Forum, including the Deputy Chair of the UN Permanent Forum, Ms. Ida Nicolaison. After animated discussion, it was agreed that both UN Forum members and other participants would lobby to have the important issue of mobility and mobile livelihoods included on the programme of the Sixth UNPFII in May 2007. In addition, a one-day workshop for the representatives of mobile indigenous peoples on Tuesday 23 May. This unique event was designed to help develop the capacity of mobile peoples to represent themselves and their concerns at national, regional and international fora. …

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