Accepted paper:

Trajectories and Encounters: Indigenous ways of being within the United Nations System.

Authors:

Urpi Saco Chung (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)

Paper short abstract:

Who are the young indigenous participants within the United Nations System? Through a decolonial approach, but not only, this paper addresses the complexity of the young indigenous participants' ways of being within the UN.

Paper long abstract:

Indigenous Peoples have acquired an important presence in the international community, especially within the United Nations. They are authors and actors of UN documents, declarations. They participate in meetings, conferences, workshops in Geneva, New York and elsewhere. Every year, more than once, in some UN settings, Indigenous Peoples from around the world get together to discuss topics that are important to them and to the world. Food sovereignty, conflicts over resources, climate change, discrimination, political participation, indigenous youth, new technologies and free, prior and informed consent are some of the key topics of the international Indigenous Peoples' agenda. 
This paper will address the current participation of young indigenous participants within the UN System. Who are they? Why is it important to be in the UN? What is to be a 'young indigenous' for the UN? Through a decolonial approach, but not only, this paper focuses on the complexity of the young indigenous participants' ways of being within the UN. Furthermore, this paper will reflect on the young indigenous participants own and acquired knowledges to belong/relate to the UN system.
Keywords: Indigenous peoples, Young Indigenous, Decolonial approach, United Nations System.

panel P116
Youth and indigeneity on the move: mobilities, transcultural knowledge, and sustainability