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COP24 in Katowice Concludes with Historic Victory and some Disappointments for Indigenous Peoples

"The most significant and positive victory for Indigenous Peoples at COP 24 was the formal establishment of the Facilitative Working Group (FWG) to develop a workplan for the “Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform.” The Platform is intended to strengthen and exchange traditional knowledge for mitigating and adapting to Climate Change, based on operative paragraph 135 of the Paris Agreement. Difficult issues under debate over the past three years and up until the final negotiating session in Katowice included equal participation between States and Indigenous Peoples in the FWG, protection of Indigenous Peoples rights and traditional knowledge in this process, the definition and identity of “local communities” and the concerns of some States that their “territorial integrity” might somehow be impacted in these discussions regarding traditional knowledge and climate change." 

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Article Source: Cultural Survival

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Call for applications for four EMRIP members from four indigenous sociocultural regions

The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is looking for new members. Apply by December 18, 2018. More info below.

Le Mécanisme d'experts sur les droits des peuples autochtones recherche de nouveaux membres. Appliquez avant le 18 décembre 2018. Plus d'infos ci-dessous.

El Mecanismo de expertos sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas está buscando nuevos miembros. Aplicar antes del 18 de diciembre de 2018. Más información abajo.

https://www.ohchr.org/…/HRBod…/HRC/SP/Pages/Nominations.aspx

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 18 DECEMBER 2018 (12 NOON GREENWICH MEAN TIME / GMT)

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Apply for funding for the UNPFII and other meetings!  

Hello friends, just to let you know that the deadline to apply has been further extended until October 31st, so you still have time to apply for funding for the UNPFII and other meetings! // 

Hola amigos, solo para informarles que la fecha límite para postularse se extendió hasta el 31 de octubre, ¡así que aún tiene tiempo para solicitar fondos para el UNPFII y otras reuniones!

Olá amigos, só para informar que o prazo para inscrição foi prorrogado até 31 de outubro, então você ainda tem tempo para solicitar financiamento para o Foro Permanente e outras reuniões!

https://www.ohchr.org/en/issues/ipeoples/ipeoplesfund/pages/ipeoplesfundindex.aspx

Call for Nominations – Membership of PFII 2020-2022

Vacancies to be filled from January 2020 to December 2022

The current membership of the Permanent Forum is due to expire at the end of 2019.

Nominations are now requested for the three-year period from January 2020 until December 2022. Current members who have served the maximum of two terms (six years) as Permanent Forum members cannot be nominated for a further term.


Nominations by indigenous people’s organizations

According to established practice, the eight indigenous nominated members are from each of the seven socio-cultural regions determined to give broad representation to the world’s indigenous peoples. These socio-cultural regions are: Africa; the Arctic; Asia; Central and South America and the Caribbean; Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; North America; and the Pacific.

The eighth member is nominated from one of the three regions with the largest indigenous population (Africa; Asia; and Central and South America and the Caribbean).  This seat rotates among these three regions every three years, thus adding a second member from that region for each three-year term. (See ECOSOC Decision 2016/205, Election 2).

Therefore, for the membership 2020–2022, there will be two members of the Permanent Forum from Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Download the Call for nominations by DESAEN | SP | FR | RU

How to submit nominations:

To send in nominations for consideration the following documents are required:

  • Nomination letter

  • A recent resume/curriculum vitae of the nominee (maximum 2 printed pages in Word format)

  • A short biography of the nominee (200 words)

  • Information on the consultations amongst indigenous peoples’ organizations

  • Information about the nominating organization(s)

Consultations amongst indigenous organizations are encouraged to commence as soon as possible to ensure that the President of the ECOSOC has suitable candidates for consideration and appointment.  In considering possible candidates the organizations are encouraged to take into account the expertise relevant to the mandate of the Permanent Forum as well as the principles of geographic distribution and gender balance.

The deadline for submission of nominations is 25 January 2019.

Where to submit:

All nominations must be submitted by 25 January 2019 via

email:

indigenous_un@un.org | Subject: Nominations PFII 2020–2022

OR correspondence:

Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch – Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Division for Inclusive Social Development
Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
Room S-2954, 405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
United States of America

Received nominations will be confirmed by email.

Source: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/news/call-for-nominations-2020.html

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Calls to prioritise indigenous peoples health

New Zealand is calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) and governments to prioritise health improvements for indigenous people worldwide. Health professionals say poor data and resources for cancer diagnosis and treatment for indigenous communities is impacting on survival rates. 

Research conducted by the University of Otago shows poorer Māori cancer survival rates to non-Māori. A situation that's also reflected around the world.

Bridget Robson, Associate Dean Māori at the University of Otago, says, "If we want a Tino Rangatiratanga approach across all nations, indigenous peoples have to have their own data to find out what's going on for them and what the Government's are doing to support them or not."

Over 150 cancer experts and indigenous health experts across the Tasman and the Pacific have now published an open letter calling on the WHO and governments to take heed of the issue. 

Author: Moana Makapelu Lee 

See full story here: https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/national/calls-prioritise-indigenous-peoples-health 

 

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Eleventh session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The dates for the Expert Mechanism's eleventh session are 9 to 13 July 2018. The session will take place in Room XX of the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Provisional agenda

Documentation

Documentation for the eleventh session will become available in June 2018.

Accreditation

According to paragraph 9 of resolution 6/36 and paragraph 13 of resolution 33/25, the meetings of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples shall be open to the participation of observers through an open and transparent accreditation procedure in accordance with the rules of the Human Rights Council.

Registration is open to:

  • Representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations;
  • Representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC);
  • Representatives of NGOs not in consultative status with ECOSOC;
  • Academics and experts on indigenous peoples;
  • National Human Rights Institutions

Accreditation for the 11th session will be carried out through Indico, the online registration platform of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Accreditation is now open. Please follow the instructions below:

  • Click here to access the EMRIP 11th session registration page
  • Click on “Register now”
  • Create an INDICO account if you have not previously used the system
  • Log in to the system with your username (e-mail address) and password and fill in the registration form.

Please note that each individual participant will have to register themselves.

For questions regarding accreditation, please contact expertmechanism@ohchr.org

More information in English
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UN Committee on NGOs Meets 21-30 MAY in NY

The UN Committee on NGOs will meet at the UN from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM on 21-30 May to discuss new and deferred NGO applications for ECOSOC status. These meetings are open to people with ECOSOC UN badges.

NGO representatives are encouraged to attend. 

NGO ATTENDANCE IS IMPORTANT TO HELP MAKE THE COMMITTEE AWARE THAT MAJOR GROUPS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS ARE  CONCERNED ABOUT THE ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE AT THE UN IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.

Google UN Committee on NGOs for the schedule and a list of NGOs that are being considered. The meetings will be webcast.

UNPFII Chair at the 27th Session on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), Ms. Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, intervened today via video message at the 27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

See video here: https://bit.ly/2Grqiod

For more information on the session click here: https://bit.ly/2IwYZuf

Source: UNPFII News

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Questionnaire: Business and Human rights - Inter-American Standards

The Special Rapporteurship on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights (SRESCER) of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) initiates a public consultation in order to receive information for the preparation of the thematic report on "Business and Human Rights: Inter-American Standards".

Download Questionnaire here: 

http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/docs/pdf/2018/CuestionarioEmpresasDDHH-EN.pdf

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Key Questions on Patent Disclosure Requirements for Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge

Now available: WIPO Study of "Key Questions on Patent Disclosure Requirements for Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge"

Policymakers and other stakeholders often raise operational questions and seek practical and empirical information about patent disclosure requirements in relation to genetic resources and traditional knowledge. This authoritative study offers a comprehensive and scrupulously neutral overview of key legal and operational questions arising within this context.

Download the Report here: http://www.wipo.int/publications/en/details.jsp?id=4194

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Permanent Forum stands by indigenous human rights defenders in the Philippines

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues expresses its grave concerns about the Philippine government’s accusation against indigenous human rights defenders as terrorist group affiliates.

The indigenous human rights defenders include, among others, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Joan Carling, former member of the Permanent Forum and Jose Molintas, former member of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

Read more at the UNPFII Website: 

https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/news/2018/03/unpfii-indigenous-human-rights-defenders-in-the-philippines/#more-28749

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Statement on the Terrorist Accusation Against Ms. Joan Carling, co-convener of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group, 9th March 2018

It has come to my attention that the Government of the Philippines last month filed a legal petition to have a number of organizations, associations and persons declared as terrorist and outlaws pursuant to the National Security Act of 2007. To my dismay, the list includes my name, along with the name of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and several other indigenous human rights defenders from across the country.

I have fought for human rights and, in particular, the rights of indigenous peoples my entire life; as former leader of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), expert member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and currently co-convener of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group on Sustainable Development. I therefore denounce this unfounded and false accusation, which not only pose a risk to my security, but is also an affront to the exercise of the fundamental rights and freedoms associated with democratic governance, and to the human rights obligations of the Philippine government.

As noted by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, the Philippines is currently marked by a “context of widespread extrajudicial executions and ongoing attacks against voices who are critical of the current Government, including human rights defenders”.

I expect to have the possibility to take legal action to clear my name, and expect the Government to ensure the physical safety of those of us who are listed in the petition, as called for by UN experts.

I call on the international community to show solidarity and express their concern to the Philippine Government.

Link: 
See press release by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, and the Chairperson of the Coordination Committee of the Special Procedures at: 
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx… 

Article in the Inquirer: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/…/human-rights-group-slams-doj…

Reference: Joan Carling, Email: joan@indigenouspeoples-sdg.org

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Online Registration for the 17th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII17) is now OPEN

Online Registration for the 17th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII17) is now OPEN.

For NGOs with ECOSOC Status, IPOs and Academics that have participated at previous sessions of the Permanent Forum:

For New IPOs and Academics participating for the first time at a session of the Permanent Forum:

  • First, read carefully the participation guide. You must create a new profile in the integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System. Download the Participation Guide for New NGOs and Academics: http://bit.ly/unpfii17-new-ipos-academics
  • Deadline for online application for approval: 28 March 2018.

Please contact at: indigenous_un@un.org for questions related to your participation.

For details, see https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/unpfii-sessions-2/2017-2.html

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