Indigenous Peoples

The Biennial UN Global Indigenous Youth Forum (UNGIYF)

04/10/2023 - 

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The biennial United Nations Global Indigenous Youth Forum (UNGIYF) is the only Indigenous-related high-level forum hosted by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This UN Forum results from a 2017 recommendation from UNDESA to FAO through the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which built upon FAO´s work with the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus (GIYC) in 2017 and the Rome Declaration on Indigenous Youth.

The inaugural Forum was hosted online in 2021 by the GIYC, Indigenous Champions of the UN Food Systems Summit and FAO. The online forum gathered hundreds of participants including Indigenous Youth, Elders, UN agencies, FAO Members, universities, and NGOs from all seven socio-cultural regions. The 2021 UN Global Indigenous Youth Forum resulted in the Indigenous Youth Global Declaration on Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems that fed recommendations directly in the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. 

This October, the UNGIYF  is organized by the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus, the World Reindeer Herder’s Association, and the FAO Indigenous Peoples Unit and hosted at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy from 16 - 20 October 2023. Over 200 Indigenous Youth will attend the event. 

The Forum will provide a space of dialogue between Indigenous Youth and FAO Members, UN Agencies, Universities, Research centres and other stakeholders to:

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