Friday, December 11, 2009

Online Petition: I Respect Human Rights- Human Rights Day 2009

Takahi Guaitiao (Greetings Relatives): December 10, 2009, marked the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global enunciation of human rights. These are basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled. Examples of these rights include but are not limited to the right to life, the right to economic, social and cultural rights, the right to water, the right to food, and the right to education.

Today, the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) launched a petition called “I Respect Human Rights! Human Rights Day 2009”. The petition reads:

"On the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December 2009, I affirm my commitment to the universal human rights, including the human rights of Indigenous Peoples as embodied in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."

Please sign the petition online at:

Please share with others in your network. Haho (Thank you)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

OAS - Record of the Current Status of the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Dear civil society representative,

On behalf of Dr. Irene Klinger, Director of the Department of International Affairs of the Organization of American States (OAS), we would like to share with you the document GT/DADIN/doc.334/08 rev. 5 "Record of the Current Status of the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."

This document is the result of the Twelfth Meeting of Negotiations in the Quest for Points of Consensus by the Working Group to Prepare the Draft Declaration of the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs, which took place November 30 - December 2, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

In this meeting, the OAS Member States considered the following topics: right to belong to an indigenous people; systems of knowledge, language, and communication; education; indigenous family; transfers and relocations; collective rights; health; rights of association, assembly, and freedom of expression and thought; indigenous law and jurisdiction; and contributions of the indigenous legal and organizational systems.

For more information about the Twelfth Meeting of Negotiations in the Quest for Points of Consensus and the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit the Website of the Working Group to Prepare the Draft Declaration


Department of International Affairs
Secretariat for External Relations
Organization of American States

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

United Nations - Invitation Letter to the 9 Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 19-30 April 2010

Division for Social Policy and Development
Room DC2-1324, 2 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017
Tel: (212) 963-3175  Fax: (212) 963-3062  E-mail:

Dear Friend,

On behalf of Mr. Jean-Pierre Gonnot, Acting Director, Division for Social Policy and Development (DPSD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA,. I have the pleasure to inform you that the Ninth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be convened from 19 to 30 April 2010 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Due the structural work relating to the United Nations premises at Headquarters referred to as the Capital Master Plan, no specific information on the venue of the session can be provided at this time. Further information will be available at the website of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in due time:

The special theme of the ninth session will be “Indigenous peoples: development with culture and identity; articles 3 and 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. The session will also include discussions on North America and a number of ongoing priorities and themes, as well as an in-depth dialogue with several United Nations agencies. Further information on the ninth session is available at the following link:

Should your organization wish to send one or more representatives to the forum, please provide the names(s) of your designated representative (s) to us by using the online pre-registration system through the following link no later than 22 March 2010: You must sign in to the online system using your assigned username and password (use the "Click here to Sign In" in the upper right corner once you reach the website) then click on the link "Invitations" that appears on the left side menu bar. You will then see the link to the forum event where you can pre-register, designate your representatives and download your letter of invitation. In case you cannot use the online pre-registration system for any technical reason, please get in touch with us.

For further questions regarding pre-registration, please contact Mr. Yao Ngoran, Chief, Civil Society and Outreach Unit, Division for Social Policy and Development, DC2-1324, United Nations, NY 10017, fax: (212) 963-3062, Email:

Representatives of organizations in need of a visa to enter the United States should note that United States Consulates request that visa applications be submitted three months prior to the opening of the session. Therefore we encourage representatives of interested non-governmental organizations (NGOs), indigenous peoples’ organizations (IPOs) and academic institutions to submit their visa applications as early as possible, preferably before 19 January 2010.

NGO representatives in possession of annual group-passes are also encouraged to pre-register using the Online Pre-registration System. Pre-registration allows for a proper planning of the session. This process should be completed by 22 March 2010, one month before the opening of the session. It should also be understood that the costs of travel and daily subsistence, arrangements for travel, accommodation and visas are the responsibility of participants.

For additional information regarding your participation at this session of the Permanent Forum, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Yao Ngoran at

Yours sincerely,
Elsa Stamatopoulou
Chief, Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Friday, December 4, 2009

CBD Notification 2009-169: Revision and updating of the Strategic Plan

From: Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
To: CBD National Focal Points and Relevant Organizations

Subject: Revision and updating of the Strategic Plan of the Convention for the post-2010 Period: Possible Outline and Elements of the New Strategic Plan

Thematic area: Strategic Plan / 2010 Biodiversity Target

Ref.: SCBD/ITS/DC/LC/69800

No. 2009-169

Dear Madam/Sir,

I am pleased to inform you that a discussion document on the Revision and Updating of the Strategic Plan of the Convention for the Post-2010 Period: Possible Outline and Elements of the New Strategic Plan (UNEP/CBD/SP/PREP/2) is available for your review at:

As you are aware, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, at its tenth meeting in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010, is due to adopt a revised and updated Strategic Plan for the CBD, including post-2010 biodiversity target(s), on the basis of a recommendation by the third meeting of the Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group on the Review of Implementation of the Convention (WGRI-3) and inputs from the fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-14), both to be held in Nairobi in May 2010. As set out in decision IX/9, Parties and observers are invited to submit their views on the process. The aforementioned document (UNEP/CBD/SP/PREP/2) is intended to stimulate further discussions and inputs from Parties and all stakeholders. In addition, a number of consultations are being organized. Full information is provided at the above-mentioned webpage.

Submissions should reach no later than 11 January 2010, so that they can be taken into account in the preparation of relevant documentation for WGRI-3 and SBSTTA-14.

The full text of this notification is available on the CBD website at:

Please accept, Madam/Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Ahmed Djoghlaf
Executive Secretary
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
United Nations Environment Programme
413 Saint-Jacques Street, Suite 800
Montreal , Quebec , Canada
H2Y 1N9

Tel: +1 514 288 2220
Fax: +1 514 288 6588

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Climate Change Grant Extended to November 15

(Para informacion en espanol)

First Peoples Worldwide
recently sent out a call to Indigenous-led NGOs or NGOs working with Indigenous Peoples to complete an application answering questions that show how climate change is impacting the Indigenous community, their local environment, and how the Indigenous Peoples are using traditional knowledge to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

First Peoples will be making one $2,000 grant to an Indigenous community or Indigenous organization to continue their work using traditional knowledge to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

In order to be considered for this grant, you must complete an online survey. Your answers from the survey will be considered by First Peoples Worldwide as your application for this $2,000 grant. All applications must be submitted via the online survey form by November 15, 2009. You must answer all of the questions in the application in order to be considered for a grant. Please note that the questions begin on page 4 and continue through page 7. If you have worked on the survey but did not answer all questions, please re-submit the entire application to or contact Jessica Friswell.

Climate change has many impacts. You might want to share what your community does when there is a drought or when there is too much rain. What does your community do when the seasons come at the wrong time? When the winds change? When crops do not grow? How does your community use traditional knowledge, the wisdom of elders, and other information to solve the problems of climate change? These are some questions to consider in your answers; however, please think beyond these few items when discussing the reality of climate change in your community.

Grant funding must be used to continue work in the areas of climate change within the community as described in the application. Grants will only be made once the winning organizations complete the necessary paperwork required by First Peoples Worldwide.

Your organization must be registered under the laws of your country and have a bank account in order to receive a grant. If your organization is not registered or does not have a bank account, you may partner with a registered local organization to act on your behalf. If your organization does not meet the criteria above, a grant cannot be made. No grants can be awarded for travel to or activities within the United States. Individuals are invited and encouraged to complete the questions to share their thoughts and input; however First Peoples Worldwide cannot make a grant to an individual.

First Peoples Worldwide may use quotes from your application on our website, in funder materials, or in group presentations.

First Peoples Worldwide is holding a Donors' Roundtable that the World Bank has offered to host in Washington, DC on November 18, 2009. The Roundtable will bring together international funders from both the private and public sector. At this Roundtable First Peoples will be launching an Indigenous Peoples Climate Action Fund (IPCAF), which will directly fund Indigenous Peoples and their work using traditional knowledge to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

We hope to share some of the information that has been submitted during our call for applications with the participants at this Roundtable to highlight the benefits of Indigenous Peoples' traditional knowledge as a viable tool for successfully adapting and mitigating climate change. We want to be able to share this powerful Indigenous voice with the Roundtable attendees. I am writing to ask for the community's permission to share pieces of your application at this Roundtable meeting. If you do not wish to have any pieces of your application used during the Roundtable meeting, it will in no way change your community or organization's eligibility for the $2,000 grant.

The purpose of the Roundtable is to generate funding for IPCAF and to educate participants about the successful use of Indigenous Peoples' traditional knowledge in adapting to and mitigating climate change. The purpose of IPCAF is to fund the work of communities toward climate solutions in ways that are culturally and locally appropriate. First Peoples Worldwide will manage the Fund which is important because we are an Indigenous-led organization and our President has over 30 years experience making grants directly to Indigenous communities. First Peoples is working hard and very strategically to divert the global funding streams so they will flow directly to Indigenous organizations. First Peoples is dedicated to equitable funding for our communities and as such we see the need to re-direct these financial resources so our communities can decide what programs they want and who they want to fund them.

First Peoples Worldwide reserves the right not to make a grant if we do not receive any applications. Applications received after November 15, 2009 will not be considered for grants. Not all applicants will be awarded grants.


Please forward this email to others who may be interested in applying.

Please contact Jessica Friswell ( with any questions.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mid term evaluation of the Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People

The evaluation is a stocktaking exercise, so as to identify progress made and areas on which the UN agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, Member States, indigenous peoples’ organizations and civil society organizations need to invest more effort, so as to further the successful implementation of the Decade’s goal and objectives. In order to obtain a balanced and well documented evaluation of the progress made in the implementation of the Second Decade.

Click here for further information.

Monday, August 31, 2009

UNPFII Mission to Paraguay and Bolivia: Mission Reports

On the basis of an invitation from the Governments of Paraguay and Bolivia, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues undertook a mission to the Chaco regions of Paraguay and Bolivia in April and May 2009.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Trust Fund on Indigenous Issues relating to the Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People


The Trust Fund for the Second Decade was established to promote, support and implement the objectives of the Decade. The Fund will give priority to projects concerning the main areas of the Second Decade: culture, education, health, human Rights, the environment and social and economic development. The Advisory Group for the Trust Fund for the Second Decade consists of members of the Permanent Forum’s Bureau.

Indigenous organizations or organizations working for indigenous peoples can apply for small grants from the Trust Fund. Guidelines to applicants for the Fund are available below.

It is expected that the Fund will mainly be used for small grants projects with a budget for up to 10,000 US$ covering one year’s expenses.

2010 Call for Proposals

The 2010 Call for applications for the Trust Fund on Indigenous Issues relating to the Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People is open. Proposals will be accepted between 1 August 2009 and 1 November 2009.

Applications for Trust Fund grants will be accepted between 1 august 2009 and 1 November 2009. Applications are to be submitted to: during this time period. Applications submitted outside of this time period or to other email addresses will not be considered for funding. Applicants will receive an acknowledgment of receipt of proposal via email. However, due to the high volume of proposals received, the Secretariat of the UNPFII will not be able to respond to questions or requests from applicants. The proposals will be assessed in April 2010 and successful applicants will receive notice thereafter. A list of organizations awarded grants will also be posted on this website.

All applicants must submit their project proposals in accordance with the Trust Fund Grant Application Instructions, and must also submit a proposal summary sheet, in conformity with the instructions for filling out the summary sheet. Applicants should also review the Funding Guidelines for Activities Relating to the United Nations Second Decade of the World’s Indigenous People, which were amended in July 2008.

>>> Grant Application Instructions

>>> Summary Sheet for Grant Proposals (to be filled by applicants)

>>> Instructions for Completing the Summary Sheet for Grant Proposals

>>> Funding Guidelines For Activities Relating To The United Nations Second International Decade Of The World’s Indigenous People

Note to applicants: The Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues reserves the right to publish information on successful applications, such as the project name, implementing organization and grant amount, after grant agreements have been signed by the implementing organization and the Director of DSPD/DESA.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Call for nominations of UNPFII members

Dear Representatives of Indigenous Peoples,

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs has the honour to draw your attention to Economic and Social Council resolution 2000/22 of 28 July 2000 entitled “Establishment of a Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues”.

According to paragraph 1 of that resolution, the Economic and Social Council:

“Decides to establish as a subsidiary organ of the Council a permanent forum on indigenous issues consisting of sixteen members, eight to be nominated by Governments and elected by the Council, and eight members to be appointed by the President of the Council following formal consultations with the bureau and regional groups through the coordinators, on a basis of broad consultations with indigenous organizations taking into account the diversity and geographic distribution of indigenous peoples of the world, as well as principles of transparency, representativity, and equal opportunity for all indigenous people, including internal processes, when appropriate, and local indigenous consultation processes. The members of the Forum will serve in their personal capacity as independent experts on indigenous issues for a period of three years with the possibility of re-election or re-appointment for one further period.”

The Permanent Forum serves as an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues relating to economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights. The Permanent Forum holds annual sessions of ten working days each May.

The current membership of the Permanent Forum is due to expire at the end of 2010. Nominations are now requested for the three-year period from January 2011 until December 2013. Current members who have served the maximum of two terms (6 years) as Permanent Forums members cannot be nominated for a further term.

It has been the understanding of the indigenous caucus that the eight (8) indigenous nominated members should be from the seven socio-cultural regions determined to give broad representation to the world’s indigenous peoples. The regions are: Africa; Asia; Central and South America and the Caribbean; the Arctic; Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; North America; and the Pacific.

It was also the understanding that the 8th member would be nominated from one of the three largest indigenous populated regions (Latin America, Asia and Africa) which would be rotated every three years. Latin America will have an extra member for the next term (2011 – 2013).

I am encouraging consultations amongst indigenous organizations to commence as soon as possible to ensure that the President of the Economic and Social Council has suitable candidates for consideration and appointment.

In considering possible candidates you are encouraged to take into account the principles of geographic distribution, and gender balance. Furthermore and in order for nominations to be complete, it is important to provide recent curriculum vitae of the nominees for consideration by the President of the Economic and Social Council. Information about the nominatingorganization(s) should also be submitted.

All correspondence should be sent to the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Room DC2-1454, New York, NY 10017, United States of America OR email to:

The deadline for submission of nominations is 1 February 2010


Estimados Representantes de los Pueblos Indígenas,

El Departamento de Asuntos Económicos y Sociales de las Naciones Unidas tiene el honor de referirles a la resolución 2000/22 del Consejo Económico y Social del 28 de julio de 2000 titulada “Establecimiento de un Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas.”

De acuerdo con el párrafo 1 de esa resolución, el Consejo Económico y Social:

“Decide establecer, como órgano subsidiario del Consejo Económico y Social, un foro permanente para las cuestiones indígenas integrado por 16 miembros, ocho de los cuales han de ser propuestos por los gobiernos y elegidos por el Consejo y los otros han de ser nombrados por el Presidente del Consejo, previa consulta oficial con la Mesa y con los grupos regionales porintermedio de sus coordinadores, sobre la base de consultas amplias con las organizaciones indígenas, teniendo en cuenta la diversidad y la distribución geográfica de las poblaciones indígenas del mundo, así como los principios de transparencia, representabilidad e igualdad de oportunidades para todos los pueblos indígenas, incluidos los procedimientos internos, cuando corresponda, y los procesos de consulta de las poblaciones indígenas locales; todos los miembros actuarán a título personal como expertos independientes en las cuestiones indígenas durante un periodo de tres años con la posibilidad de reelección o nuevo nombramiento por un nuevo periodo;”

El Foro Permanente sirve como un órgano asesor al Consejo Económico y Social con el mandato de discutir las cuestiones indígenas relacionadas al desarrollo económico y social, cultura, medio ambiente, educación, salud y derechos humanos. El Foro Permanente realiza sesiones cada año por diez días en Mayo.

La membresía actual del Foro Permanente vence a finales de 2010 y actualmente se están solicitando las nominaciones para el período de tres años de enero de 2011 a diciembre de 2013. Los actuales miembros que han servido por un máximo de 2 mandatos (6 años) no pueden volver a ser nominados por otro término.

El cónclave indígena ha comprendido que los ocho (8) miembros nominados por lasorganizaciones indígenas deben corresponder a las siete regiones socio-culturales determinadas para dar amplia representación a los pueblos indígenas del mundo. Las regiones son: África; Asia; Centro y Sudamérica y el Caribe; el Ártico, Europa del Este, Federación Rusa, Asia Central y Transcaucasia, América del Norte y el Pacífico

También se ha comprendido que el 8vo miembro sería nominado de una de las tres regiones más grandes con población indígena (América latina, Asia y África) rotada cada tres años. América latina tendrá un miembro adicional para el término siguiente (2011 - 2013).

Quisiera alentar la realización lo más pronto posible de consultas entre las organizaciones indígenas para asegurar que el Presidente del Consejo Económico y Social cuente con candidatos apropiados para ser considerados y nombrados.

Cuando estén considerando los candidatos posibles, se les recomienda tomar en cuenta los principios de distribución geográfica y equidad de género. Además, para que las nominaciones sean completas, es importante proporcionar un currículum vitae actualizado de los nominados para la consideración del Presidente del Consejo Económico y Social. También se debe presentar información sobre la(s) organización(es) nominadora(s).

Toda la correspondencia debe ser enviada a: la Secretaría del Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas de las Naciones Unidas, Departamento de Asuntos Económicos y Sociales (DESA), DC2-1454, New York, NY 10017, EEUU O email a:

La fecha límite para el envío de nominaciones es el 1º de Febrero de 2010.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Joint Oral Intervention on behalf of the participants in the “Project Access Global Capacity Training”

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Eighth Session

New York, 18 – 29 May 2009

Item 6: Comprehensive Dialogue with six United Nations agencies and Funds Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development Programme, United Nations Development Funds.

Joint Oral Intervention on behalf of the participants in the “Project Access Global Capacity Training” meeting in New York from 13 to 15 May 2009, representing Indigenous organizations from the following regions:

· Tamaynut Organization, Morocco (represented by Sanaa Bouzit)

· Ogiek Cultural Initiatives Programmes, Kenya (represented by Simon Nadungwenkop)

· Parakuyo Women Development Fund, Pastoralists IIndigenous Community Developmeny Organization, Tanzania (represented by Rehema Mkalata)

· Foundation for Research and Support of Indigenous Peoples of Crimea, Ukraine (represented by Gulnara Abbasova)

· United Confederation of Taino People, Boriken/Puerto Rico (represented by Mildred Karaira Gandia)

· Association de Mujeres Waorani de la Amazonia Ecuatoriana, Ecuador (represented by Manuela Omari Ima Omene)

· Rapa Nui Parliament from Rapa Nui/easter Island (represented by Erity Teave)

· Federacion Unica de Trabajadores Pueblos Originarios de Chuquisaca (FUTPOCH), Bolivia (represented by Estaban Urquizu Cuellar)

· Tuvalu Climate Action Network, Tuvalu (represented by Tafua Lusama)

· Bangsa Adat Alifur, Maluku (represented by Pelpina Sahureka, Edwin Matahelumual, Dana Pessy,Ghazali Ohorella)

· Eagle Clan Arawaks, Barbados & Guyana (represented by Damon Gerard Corrie)

· International Indian Treaty Council

Presenter: Edwin Matahelumual- Bangsa Adat Alifuru from Maluku

Madam Chair

Indigenous Peoples from the regions of Central and South America and the Caribbean, Africa, the Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia, participating in the “Project Access Global Capacity Building for Indigenous Peoples 2009,” meeting in New York from May 13 – 15 2009, have shared our experiences and concerns over the dramatic challenges we are facing in relation to food security, which is the basis of our very survival.

Our Food Security and Right to Food has been greatly challenged and violated in every area. If nothing is done, we the Indigenous Peoples will be the most affected and poverty will prevail, along with increasing dependency.

Under the Impacts of Climate Change, rivers and lakes which are our fishing grounds are drying out, and corals in the ocean are bleaching and dying out thus diminishing our fish stocks. Desertification of the lands is becoming more serious. Bush and forest fires are becoming more frequent due to long droughts, making it very hard to grow and gather traditional food crops.

Globalization has influenced the lifestyle of our peoples and is seen as a modern form of colonialism, suppressing our cultural values, language, local subsistence economies and the importance of and access to our traditional diets.

Traditional Lands which are the source of our food supply have been forcibly taken by governments and Multi-national corporations.

Illegal Logging, deforestation, mining and other extractive industries are destroying and contaminating the natural environment, making it very difficult to hunt and gather for the sustenance of our daily lives. For example for the Ogiek People in Kenya, deforestation makes it impossible for communities to collect wild honey, medicinal plants and fish needed for their survival.

Damming of Indigenous Peoples’ water ways has flooded traditional home lands and blocked the flow of water to other areas, further undermining Indigenous Peoples Right to Food.

In these and other ways our very right to food continues to be violated by outside forces such as governments and multinational corporations. We find ourselves facing extreme crisis as a result. Therefore we urgently propose the following to the 8Th Session of the Permanent Forum and to the United Nations Agencies present in this dialogue:

1. We recognize the presence of FAO and all the United Nations agencies who are engaged in this dialogue and we strongly urge and encourage them to continue this critically important dialogue in future sessions.

2. We request the UNPFII to address Indigenous Peoples Food security and Right to Food and Food sovereign as a special theme and focus of discussion at one of its upcoming sessions, to ensure survival of Indigenous Peoples around the world.

In conclusion, Madame Chair, we request the Permanent Forum to inform United Nations bodies and agencies, including the Security Council, of the immediate critical threat to human rights and the lives of our Indigenous Peoples and all the peoples of the world.

Thank you Madame Chair.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Expert Mechanism on the rights of Indigenous Peoples/Mécanisme d'experts sur les droits des peuples autochtones/Mecanismo de expertos sobre los derech

[ENG below] [ESP abajo]

Chères amies, Chers amis,

Veuillez noter que la deuxième session du Mécanisme d'experts sur les droits des peuples autochtones aura lieu du 10 au 14 août 2009 à Genève. Elle sera précédée par le Caucus des peuples autochtones, qui se déroulera les 8 et 9 août.

Vous trouverez plus d'informations sur le Mécanisme à la page suivante:

Meilleures salutations,


Estimadas amigas, Estimados amigos,

Por favor noten que la segunda sesión del Mecanismo de expertos sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas tendrá lugar desde el 10 hasta el 14 de agosto en Ginebra. La sesión será precedida por el Caucus indígena que se realizará los 8 y 9 de agosto.

Encontrarán más inforaciones sobre el Mecanismo en la pagína web siguiente :



Dear Friends,

Please note that the second session of the Expert Mechanism on the rights of Indigenous Peoples will take place from the 10th to the 14th of August in Geneva. The Indigenous Caucus will be held the days before (8th and 9th August).

You will find more information on the Expert Mechanism at the following page :

Best regards,

Danica Vanza
doCip - Indigenous Peoples' Center
for Documentation, Research and Information
14, avenue de Trembley
CH 1209 - GENEVA (Switzerland)
Tel.: +4122 - 740 34 33
Fax: +4122 - 740 34 54
e-mail: -

Tuesday, May 5, 2009



With assistance from the Government of Denmark, UNESCOs Frontlines Forum is funding local projects on climate change impacts and adaptation.

What are we funding?
Community-level projects focusing on local experiences with climate change impacts and adaptation. These could involve field research, interviews with community members, workshops, photo projects, film projects, etc.

Who are we funding?
Proposals can be made by interested groups or individuals, for example, local and indigenous organisations, research centres, researchers, graduate students with interdisciplinary training, community members (youth groups, women, elders) etc.

What topics?
Projects could explore any topic relating to climate change and local communities. For example:

a) Local observations and understandings of climate change impacts (negative or positive) on communities, livelihoods and/or local environments;
b) Ways that your community is adapting to or dealing with climate change;
c) Strategies and practices developed by local communities to cope with changes in the environment;
d) Local impacts (positive or negative) of measures to fight climate change. For example, planting trees to reduce greenhouse gases (through carbon sequestration); or building hydroelectric dams or avoiding deforestation (e.g. REDD) to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

However, we invite all kinds of proposals related to climate change and local communities, so do not feel limited by these suggestions.

What output?
Your project should result in a detailed account either in the form of a written report, a video or other media production - in English, Spanish or French. It should contribute to a growing body of information about community-level concerns, observations and experiences relating to climate change impacts and adaptation. These submissions will also contribute to the development of postings and discussions on the Frontlines of Climate Change Forum.

Where are we funding?
We invite proposals from anywhere in the world, as long as they are for local-scale projects involving peoples and places vulnerable to climate change.

How much funding are we providing?
Between US$3000 and USD$5000 per project. Further funding may subsequently be provided for projects with interesting outcomes.

When are we funding?
Project grants will be distributed from mid-2009 onwards. Initial results would be expected before October 2010.

What is the deadline for submission?
Proposals should reach UNESCO on or before 15 July 2009..

How do I apply?
See detailed information and download a project proposal form from



Con el apoyo del gobierno de Dinamarca, el Foro En Primera Línea frente al Cambio Climático está financiando proyectos locales sobre cambio climático y adaptación.

¿Qué financiamos?

Proyectos a nivel comunitario que tengan como punto focal las experiencias locales en relación al cambio climático, sus impactos y adaptación. Estos proyectos pueden incluir trabajos de investigación en el campo con miembros de las comunidades, talleres informativos y de debate, proyectos de fotografía, proyectos documentales, etc.

¿A quiénes financiamos?

Las propuestas pueden ser hechas por grupos o individuos interesados, por ejemplo, organizaciones locales e indígenas, centros de investigación, estudiantes graduados con experiencia interdisciplinaria, miembros de las comunidades (grupos de jóvenes, mujeres, ancianos) etc.

¿Qué temas?

Los proyectos pueden explorar cualquier tema que ponga en relación al cambio climático con las comunidades locales. Por ejemplo:

a) Observaciones y entendimientos locales sobre el cambio climático y sus impactos (negativos o positivos) en las comunidades, medios de vida y/o medio ambientes locales;

b) Maneras en las que su comunidad se adapta o hace frente al cambio climático;

c) Estrategias y prácticas desarrolladas por las comunidades para hacer frente a los cambios del medio ambiente;

d) Impactos locales (positivos y negativos) de las medidas para combatir el cambio climático. Por ejemplo, plantar árboles para reducir los gases de efecto (secuestración de carbono) o evitar la deforestación (ex. REDD) o construir plantas hidroeléctricas para reducir la emisión de gases de efecto invernadero.

Sin embargo, invitamos a todo tipo de proposiciones relacionadas al cambio climático y comunidades locales, no se sienta limitado por estas sugerencias.

¿Qué resultados esperamos?

El proyecto debe resultar en un informe detallado ya sea bajo la forma de un reporte escrito, un video u otro tipo de producción multimedia, en inglés, español o francés. Debe colaborar al incremento de las informaciones existentes que relacionan cambio climático y adaptación a nivel comunitario: preocupaciones, observaciones y experiencias. Las propuestas también contribuirán al desarrollo de artículos y discusiones en el Foro en Primera Línea frente al Cambio Climático.

¿Dónde financiamos?

Invitamos las propuestas de todas partes del mundo, siempre y cuando se trate de proyectos a escala local, que involucren pueblos y regiones vulnerables al cambio climático.

¿Cuánto financiamiento estamos otorgando?

Entre 3000 y 5000 dólares americanos por proyecto. Un financiamiento adicional puede ser otorgado posteriormente a los proyectos que muestren resultados interesantes.

¿Cuándo estamos financiando?

Las subvenciones para los proyectos serán distribuidos a partir de mediados del 2009 en adelante. Los resultados iniciales son esperados para antes de octubre del 2010.

¿Cuál es el plazo de envío de las propuestas?

Las propuestas deben llegar a la UNESCO el 15 de julio del 2009 o antes.

¿Cómo postular?

Para mayor información y descargar el formulario de proposición de proyectos vaya a la página web

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Indigenous Issues CALL FOR APPLICATIONS! / Appel à propositions / Convocatoria de propuestas

[FRA ci-dessous] [ESP abajo]

Dear friends,

doCip has the pleasure to forward you the call for applications below. Priority will be given for applications submitted before: April 30, 2009.

For more information:

Best regards,


Chères amies, chers amis,

Le doCip a le plaisir de vous transférér l'appel à propositions ci-dessous. La priorité sera donnée aux candidatures soumises avant le 30 avril.

Veuillez noter que la maîtrise de l'anglais est une condition nécessaire.

Pour plus de renseignements :

Meilleures salutations,


Estimadas amigas, estimados amigos,

El doCip tiene el placer de enviarles la convocatoria de propuestas abajo.

Por favor noten que las propuestas presentadas antes del 30 de abril 2009 tendrán prioridad.

También noten que el dominio del inglés es una condición necesaria.

Más información :


Danica Vanza
doCip - Centre de Documentation,
de Recherche et d'Information
des Peuples autochtones
14, avenue de Trembley
CH 1209 - GENEVE (Suisse)
Té.: +4122 - 740 34 33
Fax: +4122 - 740 34 54
e-mail: -

Monday, April 27, 2009

United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society

[FRA ci-dessous] [ESP abajo]

Dear Friends,

The publication Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society is available on-line at the following address :

Best regards,


Chers ami(e)s,

La publication Travailler avec le programme des Nations Unies en matière des droits de l'homme : un Manuel pour la société civile est disponible en ligne à l'adresse suivante :

Pour l'instant en anglais et arabe, elle sera traduite dans le courant de l'année en français, espagnol et russe.

Meilleures salutations,


Estimadas amigas, Estimados amigos,

El libro Cómo trabajar con la OACDH: Manual para la Sociedad civil está disponible a la dirección siguiente :

Disponible en inglés e árabe, será traducido al español, francés y ruso antes del fin del año.


Danica Vanza
doCip - Centro de Documentación,
Investigación e Información
de los Pueblos Indígenas
14, avenue de Trembley
CH 1209 - GINEBRA (Suiza)
Tel.: +4122 - 740 34 33
Fax: +4122 - 740 34 54
dirección electrónica: -

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Documentos disponibles: III CLIA / Documents available: III ILSA

Documents now available: Declaration and Plan of Action of the 3rd Indigenous Leaders Summit of the Americas (ILSA)

The final versions of the III ILSA Declaration and Plan of Action 2009.

See the documents at:


Documentos disponibles ahora: Declaración y Plan de Acción de la III Cumbre de Líderes Indígenas de las Américas (CLIA).

Las copias finales de la Declaración y Plan de Acción de la III CLIA 2009.

Vea los documentos en español:

Monday, March 30, 2009

3rd Indigenous Leaders Summit of the Americas

III Indigenous Leaders Summit of the Americas - III Cumbre de Lideres Indigenas de las Americas

3rd Indigenous Leaders Summit of the Americas

On April 14th to 15th, 2009, the 3rd Indigenous Leaders Summit of the Americas (3rd ILSA) will be held in Panama City, Panama. This will be followed by the Fifth Summit of the Americas, to be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from April 17th to 19th, 2009.

The Native Women's Association of Canada is co-hosting the 3rd ILSA with the Assembly of First Nations and Indigenous Partner Organizations throughout the Americas. More information is available in the information bulletin. Further, we are seeking input into our discussion paper that outlines the framework of the Declaration and Plan of Action that will be finalized at the 3rd ILSA. To provide feedback please contact Céleste McKay.

Resources in English / Recursos en inglés

La III Cumbre de los Líderes Indígenas de la Américas (III CLIA) tendrá lugar en la ciudad de Panamá, Panamá del 14 al 15 de abril del 2009. Este evento será seguido por la V Cumbre de las Américas que tendrá lugar en el Puerto de España en Trinidad y Tobago del 17 al 19 de abril del 2009.

La Asociación de las Mujeres Indígenas de Canadá y la Asamblea de las Primeras Naciones coauspician la III CLIA con la ayuda de otras organizaciones Indígenas de todas las Américas. Para más información consulte el Boletín de Información. Además, estamos buscando sus comentarios para nuestro Documento de Debate que explica la elaboración de la Declaración y el Plan de Acción que serán finalizados en la III CLIA. Para enviar sus comentarios comuníquese con Céleste McKay.

Recursos en español / Resources in Spanish

Link to Web Page Cumbres de las Americas Sistema de Información
PDF Document Boletín de Información— III CLIA
PDF Document Documento de Debate — III CLIA
PDF Document Declaración de la primera cumbre — Ottawa, Canadá
PDF Document Declaración de la segunda cumbre — Buenos Aires, Argentina

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Public Notice: UNPFII 2009

Public Notice: The Eighth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 18-29 May 2009.

The 2009 PFII session will discuss implementation of recommendations of the Permanent Forum on issues such as Economic and social development; Indigenous women; the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People; and Human rights with a focus on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. A dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples and other special rapporteurs, a half-day session on the Arctic, and comprehensive dialogue with six United Nations agencies and funds also form part of the session agenda.

The United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP) is facilitating administrative services and activities for delegates planning to participate within the Indigenous Peoples Caucus of the Greater Caribbean (IPCGC) at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2009. Please inform the UCTP of your planned attendance and desire to participate as part of the Caucus, which is open to representatives of indigenous Caribbean Organizations and communities.

Consistent with the UNPFII procedures, the IPCGC follows an organizational structure similar to the Association of Caribbean States whereas the “Greater Caribbean” is defined here as an area of cooperation in recognition of common ancestral heritages and common geographic spaces shared by the Indigenous Peoples of the region.

Please send correspondence to the United Confederation of Taino People’s Office of International Relations and Regional Coordination at

UCTPPN Issued on 19 March 2009,
UCTP - Office of International Relations

and Regional Coordination

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

OAS Announcement

UCTP Public Notice: The Thirteenth Meeting of Negotiations in the Quest for Points of Consensus on the draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was tentatively scheduled for March 30-April 3, 2009 has been postponed and will either be scheduled for April 27-May 1, 2009 or May 4-8, 2009. The dates will soon be confirmed by the OAS (Organization of American States).

UCTPPN 03.17.2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

3rd Indigenous Leaders Summit On Course

Damon Corrie and Roberto Borrero at the offices of the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa, Canada (UCTP Photo)

Ottawa, Canada (UCTP Taíno News) – A planning meeting for the upcoming 3rd Indigenous Leaders Summit of the Americas was held February 27-28, 2008 in Ottawa, Canada. The meeting was hosted by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the Native Womens Association of Canada.

Three representatives from the Caribbean Region were invited to attend as members of the planning committee – Damon Corrie (Barbados), Albert DeTerville (St. Lucia), and Roberto Borrero (Puerto Rico).

The Indigenous Leaders Summit will present a Declaration and Plan of Action to the 5th OAS Summit of the Americas that will be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad from April 17 – 19, 2009.

The Summit location has not yet been confirmed, but current choices location choices include Venezuela, Panama, and St. Lucia. Trinidad is also being considered but as a result of the OAS Summit, logistics could present a problem. While the cost and other factors will determine the actual meeting site, members of the local indigenous community are still hopeful that the Indigenous Summit will come to Trinidad.

“To not have this meeting in Trinidad would be a shame” stated Chief Ricardo Bharath Hernandez of the Santa Rosa Carib Community. Currently, the Santa Rosa Community is the only community on the island recognized by the government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Close to 100 hundred indigenous leaders from throughout the hemisphere are expected to attend the meeting. Participants will be representative of 4 regions – South America; Central America & Mexico; North America (U.S.A & Canada ); and the Caribbean with about 20 participants per region.

Corrie was appointed to head the Communications Sub-Committee while DeTerville and Borrero will work with the Technical Committee. Outreach has already been circulated in the Caribbean Region for the delegate nominees.

The 3rd Indigenous Summit of the Americas will take place from April 14-15, 2009.

UCTPTN 03.05.2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Indigenous Peoples plan OAS Summit Participation

UCTP Taino News - The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC), have initiated a meeting to discuss the upcoming 3rd Indigenous Leaders Summit of the Americas (3rd ILSA). The primary goal of the 3rd ILSA is to precede and inform the Organization of American States’ 5th Summit of the Americas to be held in Trinidad.

Indigenous leaders from the Americas will participate in this event, including women, youth and Elder leaders from across hemisphere. A secondary goal is to continue the policy dialogue initiated in the first two Indigenous Summits and move this dialogue forward to focus on implementation of the measures necessary for the previous Declarations and Plans of Actions to be fully realized.

A preliminary ILSA Planning Committee meeting is scheduled to take place February 27-28 in Ottawa, Ontario, to be preceded by a teleconference call in the very near future.

The planning committee meeting will be co-hosted by Grand Chief Edward John, AFN and President Beverley Jacobs, NWAC.

Among the confirmed participants for the planning meeting is Roberto Mukaro Borrero of the United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP). Commenting on the meeting Borrero noted “as this international summit is taking place in Trinidad, this is an historic opportunity to increase the visibility of Caribbean Indigenous Peoples.”

Borrero also noted “Trinidad and Tobago is home to a recognized indigenous community and is the current Chair of the Caribbean Organization of Indigenous Peoples (COIP). It is more than appropriate for this reality to be highlighted before the international community who will be gathered at this event.”

The 5th Summit of the Americas is taking place from April 17-19, 2009 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

UCTPTN 02.25.2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Indigenous Fellowship Programmes


Indigenous Fellowship Programmes

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organises every year an Indigenous Fellowship Programme, which is an extensive training programme aimed at strengthening indigenous representatives' knowledge of the United Nations system, general Human Rights mechanisms and other mechanisms more specifically dealing with indigenous issues. This programme is exclusively for indigenous persons. It is implemented in close cooperation with University partners and other UN agencies. Trained participants are better equipped to assist their organisations and communities in using existing international instruments and mechanisms to protect their rights. This training programme is available in 4 languages: English, Spanish, French and Russian. For more information on the fellowship programme, please visit our website:

Deadlines to apply to the 2010 programmes per linguistic versions are:

- English: 30 April 2009
- Spanish: 15 July 2009
- French: to be confirmed
- Russian: 30 September 2009


Programas de Becas para Pueblos Indígenas

La Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos (ACNUDH) organiza cada año un Programa de Becas para pueblos indígenas cual finalidad es fortalecer los conocimientos de representantes indígenas sobre el systema de las Naciones Unidas, mecanismos de derechos humanos, especialmente aquellos que analizan cuestiones indígenas. Este programa se desarolla exclusivamente para representantes indígenas. Está organizado en estrecha colaboración con Universidades y otras agencias de las Naciones Unidas. Los becarios capacitados están en mejor situación para ayudar a sus organizaciones y comunidades a utilizar estos intrumentos y mecanismos para proteger sus derechos. El programa de formación existe en 4 idiomas: Inglés, Español, Francés y Ruso. Para obtener más información sobre el Programa de Becas, puede visitar nuestra página web:

Las fechas límites para mandar sus solicitudes a los Progamas de Becas 2010 son (por componente linguístico):

- Inglés: el 30 de abril de 2009
- Español: el 15 de julio de 2009
- Francés: queda por confirmar
- Ruso: el 30 de septiembre de 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Bolivian vote a win for natives

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivian voters embraced a new constitution Sunday that promises more power for the long-suffering indigenous majority and grants leftist President Evo Morales a shot at remaining in office through 2014.

Read the article at UCTP TAINO NEWS

Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Summit Blog Launched from Trinidad

UCTP Taino News – A new blog focusing on "the upcoming Fourth Summit of the Peoples, the alternative to the fifth installment of the Organization of American States "Summit of the Americas" conferences has been launched from Trinidad. Entitled "Small World" the blog hopes to be an online forum where "voices from the Caribbean — farmers and fisherfolk, anti-smelter and gender activists etc. — can connect with each other and others across the globe".

The Fourth Summit of the Peoples is scheduled to be held April 16-18 while the OAS Summit of the Americas is schedule to take from April 17 – 19, 2009 in Port of Spain,Trinidad. The theme of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, "Securing Our Citizens' Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability" was developed in close consultation with member countries and partner institutions of the Summit Process.

Small World is located on the world-wide web at

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Pre-registration for PFII now open...

Please visit the link below for pre-registration to the 8th Session:

Por favor visite esta pagina para las pre-inscripciones para el octavo período de Sesiones:

Prière de visiter le lien ci-dessous pour la préinscription pour le huitième session:

Пожалуйста посмотрите линк, касающийся пререгистрации на 8 сессию:

Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


"El Artículo 42 y el rol del Foro Permanente en la promoción de la plena aplicación y eficacia de la Declaración Sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas"

8 al 12 de enero 2009

Estimados/as amigos y amigas

Reciban un cordial saludo al inicio del 2009.

Les escribimos para invitarlos a participar y exponer en el Seminario Electrónico sobre "El rol del Foro Permanente en la promoción de la plena aplicación y eficacia de la Declaración Sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas" (Mandato del Artículo 42) a realizarse en Internet los días 8 a 12 de enero.

El propósito del Seminario Electrónico es realizar una contribución colectiva a la Reunión Internacional de Expertos que sobre el mismo tema realizará el Foro Permanente de la ONU en Nueva York en el mismo mes.

El tema de la reunión de Nueva York es trascendente, a fin de cuentas es la pregunta por la eficacia del Foro y de la Declaración. El asunto no es quien viaja o no, sino cuáles son las propuestas que hacen las propias organizaciones indígenas, y que sean escuchadas.

Como contribución a ampliar la participación y hacer una contribución colectiva les invitamos al desafío de dar un "salto" en el uso de Internet y debatir en un Seminario Electrónico previo a la reunión, para los días 8 a 12 de enero 2009.

En el Seminario Electrónico podremos discutir los informes y dialogar directamente con los miembros del Foro que asistirán a la reunión de Nueva York. El seminario permitirá recoger propuestas y recomendaciones al Foro desde diversos rincones de Abya Yala-América Latina. Esas propuestas serán enviadas a la Reunión, y seguiremos día a día su desarrollo.

El Artículo 42 de la Declaración entrega un mandato al Foro Permanente, y a Naciones Unidas, de promover el respeto y aplicación de la Declaración y velar por su eficacia ¿Cómo va a cumplir el Foro ese mandato ? Las propuestas podemos y debemos hacerlas desde los territorios en donde se defienden y ejercen los derechos.

Se abre el debate. Todos y todas tenemos la palabra.

Les saludan fraternalmente,
Elisa Canqui Mollo,
Miembro Foro Permanente de la ONU para las Cuestiones Indígenas

Victor Toledo Llancaqueo,
Director Centro de Políticas Públicas y Derechos


El seminario se desarrolla en la plataforma web del Campus Virtual del Centro de Políticas Públicas y Derechos Indígenas (CEPPDI)

Para participar, los interesados e interesadas de los diversos pueblos indígenas, deben inscribirse directamente en el sitio web:

Les recomendamos revisen los documentos publicados en el sitio del seminario, y preparen sus contribuciones. Lo ideal son textos breves y directos: 200 a 600 palabras.