Internship position open at SPFII
SPFII release, 12 November 2013

An internship position is now available at the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Applications should be submitted online at the UN Internship Programme webpage, with a copy sent to bernardi@un.org. The specific job opening is JO # 31737 and the deadline for applications is 26 November 2013. Read the release … Visit the UN Internship Programme webpage …

UN Voluntary Fund on Indigenous Populations – Call for applications to attend UNPFII 13 and EMPRIP 7
UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations, September 2013

The UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations gives indigenous peoples the opportunity to participate in the sessions of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), the Human Rights Council and the treaty bodies. The deadline to submit applications to attend the 13th session of the UNPFII, to be held from 12-23 May 2014, at the UN Headquarters in New York, and the 7th session of the EMRIP, to be held from 7-11 July 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland, is 1 November 2013. Download the application form [doc] … Further information on the Voluntary Fund … Download the OHCHR publication Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships: A Practical Guide for Civil Society [pdf] …

Trust Fund on Indigenous Issues – 2014 Call for Proposals
PFII release, September 2013

The deadline for applications in response to the 2014 call for proposals is 1 November 2013. Applications are to be submitted to indigenousfund@un.org, or by post to the Permanent Forum Secretariat. Priority will be given to projects that focus on: culture (with a specific focus on indigenous languages); and the environment (with a specific focus on the principle of free, prior and informed consent). The proposals will be assessed by the Bureau of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2014 and successful applicants will receive notice thereafter. Projects may be submitted in English, French, Spanish or Russian. Further information … Download the guidelines [pdf] … Download the application form [doc, English] …

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2013
9 August 2013 (UN Headquarters and worldwide)

This year’s International Day theme was “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.” The theme aims to highlight the importance of honouring agreements between States, their citizens and indigenous peoples, emphasizing the principles of friendship, co-operation and peace. A special programme of activities took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US. At the opening, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the post-2015 development agenda should incorporate the rights, perspectives and needs of indigenous peoples, who have made clear that they want development that takes into account culture and identity and the right to define their priorities. UN Assistant Secretary-General Shamshad Akhtar, on behalf of Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo, called on everyone to adopt a stronger level of commitment to implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Paul Kanyinke Sena, Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), stressed the need to address injustices of the past, especially in the post-colonial context of nation building, calling for greater efforts in Africa, and highlighting that honouring treaties, agreements and other arrangements allows for conflicting notions of territoriality, cultural practice and ideas of development to be reconciled for the greater common good. UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay noted that “even when signed or otherwise agreed more than a century ago, many treaties remain the cornerstone for the protection of the identity, land and customs of indigenous peoples, determining the relationship they have with the State.” CBD Executive Secretary Braulio de Souza Dias provided an overview of instruments developed under the Convention related to traditional knowledge, noting they will all contribute to the achievement of Aichi target 18 – that by 2020, the traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities and their customary use of biological resources are respected and fully integrated and reflected in the implementation of the Convention, with the full and effective participation of indigenous and local communities.

Irina Bokova, Director-General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said that global sustainability must build on local foundations reflecting the views and needs of local communities, including indigenous peoples; and highlighted UNESCO’s leadership of inter-agency work to include indigenous knowledge in the 2014 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). WIPO Director General Francis Gurry stressed that indigenous peoples and local communities have a direct stake in the negotiations underway at WIPO with the objective of reaching agreement on an international legal instrument/s which will ensure the effective protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples James Anaya stressed that the right of indigenous peoples to recognition and enforcement of treaties, agreements and other constrictive arrangements is a key right recognized in UNDRIP. The International Land Coalition affirmed the role of indigenous peoples as custodians of land, water and biodiversity, and highlighted the 2013 Antigua Declaration, which expresses concern over land grabbing and criminalization of customary forms of land and resource use. Visit the Day’s webpage, including links to programme and statements …

The Message Stick
Newsletter of the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, July/August 2013

This issue contains reports on: the highlights of UNPFII-12; the new UNPFII members appointed for the period 2014-2016; the Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, held in June 2013 in Alta, Norway; the sixth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; WIPO IGC-25; the thematic debate on inequality by the UN General Assembly; and the indigenous expert workshop on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, held from 19-21 April 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. Download the newsletter [pdf] …

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2013
9 August 2013 (UN Headquarters, New York, and worldwide)

The 19th commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on Friday, 9 August 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York, is organized by the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the UN Department of Public Information, and the NGO Committee on the Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. An interactive dialogue entitled “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements” will take place from 3-6 pm. Further information …

The Indigenous World 2013
Cæcilie Mikkelsen (ed.)
International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), May 2013 | ISBN: 978-87-92786-33-3

This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2012. In 67 articles, indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists provide their insight and knowledge to the book with country reports covering most of the indigenous world, and updated information on international and regional processes relating to indigenous peoples. Download the book [pdf] …

Indigenous people ‘excluded from development efforts’
SciDev.Net, 7 June 2013

UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK: The 12th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York gathered to address the global response to political, economic and cultural problems affecting the world’s most vulnerable communities. Representatives of some of the world’s indigenous people have raised concerns that the global development agenda, including the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and their planned successors, is being implemented without their full consent and participation. During the meeting, some indigenous representatives highlighted the disconnect between global development policy and how it is implemented in their communities. “We are concerned that, while the Millennium Development Goals have been established for some time now, we see government agencies instituting and implementing projects, and indigenous people [still] not involved in deciding, planning or monitoring these interventions,” says Pablo Mis, a member of the Q’eqchi Maya people from southern Belize and coordinator for the Maya Leaders Alliance. Informed consent is the key to healing this rift, Mis says. Read the article …

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