The Permanent Forum is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council established by resolution 2000/22 on 28 July 2000. The Forum has the mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.
According to its mandate, the Permanent Forum will:
- provide expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the Council, as well as to programmes, funds and agencies of the United Nations, through ECOSOC;
- raise awareness and promote the integration and coordination of activities related to indigenous issues within the UN system;
- prepare and disseminate information on indigenous issues The Permanent Forum holds annual two-week sessions.