James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on The Rights of Indigenous Peoples addressed the 16th Plenary Meeting on September 20, 2011.
In his opening remarks Anaya thanked the numerous states and Indigenous Peoples for their support along with thanking the council for electing him to a second three-year term as Special Rapporteur.
Anaya used his time to provide a summary of the events he has been involved with and to address a preliminary assessment of the issue of natural resource extraction on indigenous lands which is part of an ongoing study he is working on.
Before getting started in speaking on reports he addressed for indigenous communities around the world he addressed the supports over the last year from Canada and the United States of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
“Since my last report I welcome the statements of support for the declaration by the governments of Canada and the United States of America which followed similar statements of endorsement by other states that had voted against the declaration or obstained when the general assembly adopted it in 2007,” Anaya said.
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