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13th session/ Regional meetings of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


The impact of COVID-19 on the rights of indigenous peoples under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The 13th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, initially scheduled to take place from 8 to12 June 2020, was postponed to take place from 30 November to 4 December 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Following the ongoing COVID-19 crisis affecting the travel of members, indigenous peoples, Member States and others, the EMRIP decided to convert its postponed 13th into four virtual regional meetings, followed by a wrap up meeting for the EMRIP members and Secretariat only.

The topic of the regional meetings will be, "The impact of COVID-19 on the rights of indigenous peoples under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples". See Concept Note. The outcome of these regional meetings was recorded in the EMRIP's annual report and may be viewed on the webcast here: http://webtv.un.org/

The regional meetings were held as follows:

  1. Africa and North America - Monday 30 November from 15:00 to 17:00 (Geneva time). Interpretation in English, and French. Agenda: English | Français
  2. Pacific and Asia - Tuesday 1 December from 9:00 to 11:00 (Geneva time). Interpretation in English and French. Agenda
  3. The Arctic; Central and Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia - Wednesday 2 December from 15:00 to 17:00(Geneva time). Interpretation in English, French and Russian. Agenda
  4. Central and South America and the Caribbean - Thursday 3 December from 15:00 to 17:00 (Geneva time). Interpretation in English, French and Spanish. Agenda

Documentation

The following submissions were received by the EMRIP, and some were given as statements by participants during the regional meetings:

A) Africa and North America – 30 November 2020

B) Asia and Pacific – 01 December 2020

C) The Arctic; Central and Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia – 02 December 2020

D) Central and South America and the Caribean – 03 December 2020