The UNPFII is an advisory body to the ECOSOC. The Forum was established in 2000 with the mandate to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. The Grail has attended the yearly sessions since then.
The NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (CRIP) began its work in 1991. Joy Garland, Sharon Joslyn and Lillian Wall joined the committee and attended monthly meetings. Currently Judy Alves, Cindy Cheyne, Joy Garland, Sharon Joslyn and Yura Sanchez are members.
Since 2018, the Grail with UFER has co-sponsored parallel events during UNPFII. In addition to New York based participants, members from Brasil, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden and Louisiana and New York/Peru in the USA.