The current membership of the Permanent Forum is due to expire at the end of 2010. Nominations are now requested for the three-year period from January 2011 until December 2013. Current members who have served the maximum of two terms (6 years) as Permanent Forums members cannot be nominated for a further term.
It has been the understanding of the indigenous caucus that the eight (8) indigenous nominated members should be from the seven socio-cultural regions determined to give broad representation to the world’s indigenous peoples. The regions are: Africa; Asia; Central and South America and the Caribbean; the Arctic; Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; North America; and the Pacific.
It was also the understanding that the 8th member would be nominated from one of the three largest indigenous populated regions (Latin America, Asia and Africa) which would be rotated every three years. Latin America will have an extra member for the next term (2011 – 2013).
The deadline for submissions from indigenous organizations is 1 February 2010. It is encouraged that consultations amongst indigenous organizations commence as soon as possible to ensure that the President of the Economic and Social Council has suitable candidates for consideration and appointment.
In considering possible candidates account shoud be taken of the principles of geographic distribution, and gender balance. Furthermore and in order for nominations to be complete, it is important to provide recent curriculum vitae of the nominees for consideration by the President of the Economic and Social Council. Information about the nominating organization(s) should also be submitted.
A list of the nominees as of 18 January 2010 is available on the UNPFII Members page. Eight members, nominated by Governments will be elected by ECOSOC and eight members, nominated by indigenous peoples’ organizations will be appointed by the President of ECOSOC. A date for the elections and appointments has not yet been set. Further information will be placed on the Members page, as it becomes available.