Single Delegate ECOSOC Committee
Maximum size: 16 delegations
Topic A: Environmental Justice in Indigenous Communities
Topic B: Preservation of Indigenous Cultures
Established in 2000 as an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) reflects a relatively recent drive to empower indigenous communities and address their global marginalization. The UNPFII covers six main areas– economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health, and human rights. This committee will address two of these thematic areas: the environment and culture. Topic A will tackle the effects of climate change and environmental degradation on indigenous populations, with the hope that delegates will develop unique and sustainable solutions to address the disproportionate harm that indigenous groups face. Topic B will examine indigenous cultural extinction and focus on strategies to preserve indigenous heritage, with special emphasis on sustaining indigenous languages and cultural practices. The UNPFII aims to facilitate respectful, thoughtful, and productive discussion on the mitigation of structural issues facing indigenous groups, while bringing awareness to the rich and diverse culture that each community brings.
Mia Balonick '27