April 07, 2019
Expert health on measuring UNDRIP progress
United Nations experts will be in Aotearoa this week to advise Māori and the Government on ways to measure how this country’s progress on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Laila Vars of Norway, Megan Davis of Australia and Edtami Mansavagan of the Philippines are three of the seven members of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.
Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says they were invited by the Aotearoa Independent Monitoring Mechanism for the Declaration and the Human Rights Commission, with the agreement of the Government.
She says it’s a chance to hear from indigenous experts about how Aotearoa can be reflected in a Declaration plan, drawn from global models.
While there are policies and strategies already in place relevant to the Declaration, but there is no overall plan.
As well as meeting relevant organisations, experts and government officials, the trio will hold two community hui in Auckland and Wellington.
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