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

Held in conjunction with the 36th session of the Governing Body of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the first Global Indigenous Peoples’ Forum at IFAD ended with participants’ pledge to protect, respect and promote self-driven development to ensure that rural and agricultural growth is synonymous with the preservation of indigenous culture and identity. Leading up to the forum, IFAD and its partners in indigenous communities conducted a series of consultations, including regional workshops, which identified two priority areas: increasing full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in the design and implementation of IFAD-supported projects; and building the capacity of indigenous peoples’ organizations. At the forum, among the many issues discussed was indigenous peoples’ right to own and manage ancestral territories. Forum participants will be synthesizing their findings and discussions into an action plan and declaration, to be presented to the IFAD Governing Council on 13 February. The 36th session of the Governing Council convenes on 13-14 February 2013, with a focus on the power of partnerships to reduce poverty and ensure food security in rural communities worldwide. Read IFAD’s press release on the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum … Further information on the Governing Council …