UNDG


Information Sharing Event on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS
26-27 November 2012 (Montreal, Canada)

Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues
28-30 November 2012 (Montreal, Canada)

The 2012 annual meeting of the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues (IASG) will address, among other items, the Group’s responses to current and previous recommendations of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to the Group and the UN system; opportunities for inter-agency collaboration and possible strategic directions; and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including through the UN Development Group and its guidelines on programming at the country level on indigenous issues. The meeting will be preceded by an information-sharing event on the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing, which will examine the Protocol’s main provisions, with a focus on those of particular relevance to indigenous and local communities, and the role of indigenous and local communities in the Protocol’s implementation. Visit the IASG meeting webpage … Visit the ABS event webpage …

United Nations Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership (UNIPP): Strategic Framework 2011-2015
ILO, UNDP, UNDG, UNICEF, UNFPA, OHCHR, 2011

United Nations Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership (UNIPP): Delivering as One UN at the country level in partnership with indigenous peoples
ILO, UNDP, UNDG, UNICEF, UNFPA, OHCHR, August 2012

The UN Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership (UNIPP) five-year strategic framework outlines UNIPP’s thematic areas of focus for the realization of indigenous peoples’ rights, including: legislative review and reform; democratic governance and strengthening of indigenous peoples’ institutions; access to justice, and the recognition and strengthening of indigenous customary law and justice systems; access to land and ancestral territories; conflict prevention, consultation, participation, benefit-sharing and dispute resolution around ancestral land and use of natural resources, also in the context of extractive industries; and access to education and health. UNIPP seeks to further these themes through: capacity development; establishment or strengthening of consultative and participatory mechanisms; plans to carry out capacity development; support of pilot initiatives and countries; and support of knowledge networks and sharing of important experiences.

The UNIPP brochure describes the genesis, governance and guiding principles of UNIPP and its Multi-Partner Trust Fund, highlighting the initiative as a response to UNDRIP Article 41, which calls on the UN system to contribute to the full realization of indigenous peoples’ rights through the mobilization of financial cooperation and technical assistance. Download the UNIPP strategic framework [pdf] … Download the UNIPP brochure [pdf] …

United Nations Development Group Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues
Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues, 22 October 2009

The UN Development Group’s Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues, available in English, Spanish and French, were prepared by a task team of the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues, a group composed of 31 UN agencies, funds and programmes and other intergovernmental organizations. The purpose of the Guidelines is to assist the UN system to mainstream and integrate indigenous peoples’ issues in processes for operational activities and programmes at the country level. The document includes guiding principles on: traditional knowledge, intellectual property, intangible heritage and cultural expressions; environmental issues including traditional ecological knowledge; health and social security, including traditional medicine or ways of healing; and education, among others. Download the Guidelines [pdf] …

Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues
United Nations Development Group (UNDG) – February 2008

The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) has adopted guidelines to assist the UN system to mainstream and integrate indigenous peoples’ issues in processes for operational activities and programmes at the country level. These guidelines set out the broad normative, policy and operational framework for implementing a human rights based and culturally sensitive approach to development for and with indigenous peoples, providing lines of action for planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes involving indigenous peoples. Furthermore, the guidelines provide a framework for integrating the principles of cultural diversity into UN country programmes.

Traditional knowledge, intellectual property, intangible heritage and cultural expressions are highlighted as a key issue. The guiding principles provided include:

  • Indigenous peoples’ rights to control, own and manage their traditional knowledge and creativity are recognized, although in practice they remain difficult to implement.
  • Indigenous peoples have the right to use and preserve their languages and States should respect this right.
  • Specific legal regimes need to be established to ensure that indigenous peoples are able to benefit from their own knowledge, prevent its unlawful use by others and obtain the rightful recognition by the international community.
  • States are called upon to create an environment that encourages individuals and social groups, to create, produce, disseminate, distribute and have access to their own cultural expressions, paying due attention to the specific circumstances and needs of indigenous peoples.
  • They are furthermore called upon to ensure the widest possible participation of communities to maintain and transmit their intangible heritage, if so wished by the peoples involved, and involve them in a meaningful way in its management.

Download the Guidelines…