January 2013


WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, 23rd session
4-8 February 2013 (Geneva, Switzerland)

Following renewal of its mandate by the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the 23rd session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) will continue negotiations on an international instrument/instruments, focusing on genetic resources. The indigenous panel will be held in the morning of 4 February 2013 and will focus on the perspectives of indigenous peoples and local communities on intellectual property and genetic resources, with UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples James Anaya as the keynote speaker. Visit the meeting’s website … Further information on the indigenous panel …

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First Indigenous Peoples’ Forum at IFAD
11-12 February 2013 (Rome, Italy)

Taking place in conjunction with the 36th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the first meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum at IFAD marks the beginning of a new chapter in the IFAD’s engagement with indigenous peoples. To prepare for the Forum’s inaugural meeting, three regional workshops with indigenous peoples’ organizations took place during the final months of 2012, in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. In all workshops, participants emphasized the importance of ensuring respect for their distinctive identities and called for effective participation in all development initiatives on their land. They maintained that indigenous peoples’ involvement in the design and implementation of IFAD-supported programmes and projects would make them more successful and sustainable in the long term. In effect, they said, self-determination in the realm of rural and agricultural development goes hand in hand with the preservation of indigenous culture and identity. Another issue addressed in all of the regions was the need to build greater capacity in IFAD, its partners and indigenous peoples’ organizations, in order to scale up programmes and projects in indigenous peoples’ communities. Participants in the three workshops completed their consultations by electing the regional delegates to the first global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum at IFAD. Further information …

Governing land for women and men: A technical guide to support the achievement of responsible gender-equitable governance of land tenure
Governance of Tenure Technical Guide 1
FAO, January 2013 | ISBN: 978-92-5-107403-9

This technical guide provides detailed material to support implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests, by providing guidance in relation to the Guidelines’ principle of gender equality in tenure governance. The guide focuses on equity and on how land tenure can be governed in ways that address the different needs and priorities of women and men. It particularly focuses on the mainstreaming of gender issues to achieve more gender-equitable participation in the processes and institutions that underlie all decision-making about land. Among other issues, it includes information on gender and indigenous land rights; multiple tenure arrangements and legal pluralism; and evolution of customary law and land tenure practices. Download the guide [pdf] …

Indigenous Peoples and United Nations Human Rights Bodies – A Compilation of UN Treaty Body Jurisprudence and the Recommendations of the Human Rights Council
Fergus MacKay, Forest Peoples Programme
Volume V: 2011-2012, January 2013

This document contains Volume V of the series of compilations of United Nations human rights bodies’ jurisprudence pertaining to indigenous peoples, and covers the years 2011 and 2012. It includes all of the UN treaty bodies and the recommendations of the Human Rights Council and its Special Procedures, and the Advice of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As an example of new practice highlighted in the publication, the Committee on the Rights of the Child repeatedly called on states to “establish and implement regulations to ensure that the business sector” complies with human rights, often with an explicit reference to the rights of the indigenous child, as well as referring to the UN Framework on business and human rights, adopted by the Human Rights Council in 2011. Download the volume [pdf] …

Producing an Indigenous Knowledge Web GIS for Arctic Alaska Communities: Challenges, Successes, and Lessons Learned
Wendy R. Eisner et al, Transactions in GIS vol. 16, issue 1, February 2012, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9671.2011.01291.x

A traditional knowledge “Iñupiaq Web GIS”, based on a five-year study and containing observations and environmental knowledge of Iñupiat communities indigenous to Arctic Alaska, was incorporated into a Web-based platform. The website, “Arctic Cultural Cartography,” was created to be an open portal through which the password-protected “Iñupiaq Web GIS” could be accessed. This article discusses the process of developing the web GIS including the incorporation of user-friendly features such as links to interactive maps, video clips of interviews, discussion boards, and the integration of popular web interfaces such as Facebook. The authors also discuss short- and long-term goals for the further development of the GIS, its potential as a sustainable, participatory online database for sharing pertinent ecological knowledge, and challenges in achieving optimal community involvement given constraints imposed by remote locations with limited bandwidth. Read the abstract … Visit the website “Arctic Cultural Cartography” …

International Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Youth: Identity, challenges and hope: Articles 14, 17, 21 and 25 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
29-31 January 2013 (UN Headquarters, New York)

This expert group meeting is intended to: analyze enshrined human rights within international standards and policies and how these could be more responsive to advancing the rights of indigenous youth; promote an opportunity to exchange information and analysis on the examples of social and economic conditions of indigenous youth, including in the areas of education, employment, vocational training, housing, sanitation, health and social security, among others; and identify options and further plans to build the necessary conditions for developing strategies to protect economic and social rights of indigenous youth, including empowering, strengthening indigenous youth organizations, and other capacity enhancement programs for indigenous youth. The final report and recommendations of the meeting will be submitted to UNPFII-12. Visit the meeting’s website … Download the meeting’s concept note [pdf] …

Nomination of members of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
UNPFII, 18 January 2013

The current membership of the Permanent Forum is due to expire at the end of 2013. Nominations are requested for the three-year period from January 2014 until December 2016. Eight indigenous nominated members should be from the seven socio-cultural regions, namely: Africa; Asia; Central and South America and the Caribbean; the Arctic; Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; North America; and the Pacific. Asia will have an extra member for the term 2014-2016. Nominations should be made following an inclusive consultation process amongst indigenous organizations. Current members who have served the maximum of two terms (6 years) as Permanent Forum members cannot be nominated for a further term. The nominations need to be accompanied by a recent curriculum vitae of the nominees for consideration, as well as information about the nominating organizations. The deadline for nominations is 1 February 2013. Read the UNPFII announcement … Further information …

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