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Consulta en línea FAO – Online consultation FAO



A la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura, FAO, le es muy grato invitarle a participar de la primera consulta en línea en el marco de la 36ª Conferencia Regional de la FAO para América Latina y el Caribe, la cual tiene por objetivo ofrecer un espacio virtual para acceder a información y entregar opiniones respecto a la Agenda de la FAO para el próximo bienio.

A través de este espacio virtual usted podrá enviar sus aportes sobre cuanto hemos avanzado en las temáticas de las tres Iniciativas Regionales de la FAO para la región y cuáles son las políticas, programas y prácticas transformadoras que nos permitirían lograr cambios sustantivos para cumplir las ambiciosas metas de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible de la Agenda 2030 para no dejar a nadie atrás.

El espacio en línea estará disponible hasta el día 21 de julio de 2019 en: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/LARC36?lang=es

Si tiene dudas por favor le ruego comunicarse con RLC-Consulta-ANG@fao.org

Esperando contar con su participación, le saluda muy atentamente.


Eve Crowley

Secretaria de la Conferencia Regional de la FAO para América Latina y el Caribe


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, is very pleased to invite you to participate in the first online consultation within the framework of the 36th FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, which has to offer a virtual space to access information and deliver opinions regarding the FAO Agenda for the next biennium.

Through this virtual space you can send your contributions on how far we have advanced in the themes of the three Regional Initiatives of FAO for the region and what are the policies, programs and transformative practices that would allow us to achieve substantive changes to meet the ambitious goals of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda so as not to leave anyone behind.

The online space will be available until July 21, 2019 at: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/LARC36?lang=en

If you have any questions, please contact RLC-Consulta-ANG@fao.org

Hoping to have your participation, best regards

Eve Crowley

Secretary of the FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean

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Call for inputs for the UN Secretary-General’s report on “human rights and cultural diversity

Following the adoption of resolution 72/170 entitled “Human rights and cultural diversity” by the General Assembly on 19 December 2017, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is preparing a report for submission the General Assembly in September 2019.

In paragraph 24 of the resolution, the General Assembly “requests the Secretary-General to prepare a report on the implementation of the present resolution, including efforts undertaken at the national, regional and international levels regarding the recognition and importance of cultural diversity among all peoples and nations in the world and taking into account the views of Member States, relevant United Nations agencies and non- governmental organizations, and to submit the report to the General Assembly at its seventy-fourth session”.

Indigenous Peoples and civil society partners are invited to contribute any relevant information, including on challenges, legislation, public policies, programmes and other relevant measures and good practices in realising human rights and cultural diversity.

The OHCHR would also appreciate if you could send your organization’s contribution to OHCHR at United Nations Office at Geneva, CH 1211 Geneva 10; fax. +41 22 917 90 08; e-mail: registry@ohchr.org or escr@ohcr.org by 27 April 2019.

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Reminder: Last Day for New Organizations to Register for UNPFII

Reminder: 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. Deadline for online application for approval is today, 25 March 2019.

To review the participation guide: Click Here

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Fellowship Programme for people of African descent: Deadline 30 April 2019

What is it?

The Fellowship programme for people of African descent is a three-week intensive learning opportunity for people of African descent from the diaspora, who are engaged in promoting the rights of people of African descent.

It takes place once a year at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

The Fellowship programme provides the participants with the opportunity to:

  • Learn about and deepen their understanding of the international human rights law and the UN human rights system, the international framework to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and intersecting issues with a focus on people of African descent;

  • Strengthen skills in developing project proposals, delivering presentations and submitting information to human rights mechanisms;

  • Gain first-hand exposure to human rights mechanisms;

  • Meet with a wide-range of actors.

The Fellowship Programme was initiated by the Anti-Racial Discrimination Section in 2011 and was further supported by GA resolution on Programme of activities for the implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent (A/RES/69/16). The High Commissioner is the coordinator of the IDPAD.

What is the aim?

The aim is to strengthen participants’ skills to contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of people of African descent in their respective countries. The participants are equipped with the tools necessary to enhance the development of legislation, policies and programmes; to strengthen collaboration of civil society with governments; and to undertake local awareness-raising activities.

For whom?

The candidate must be an individual of African descent living in the Diaspora.

  • The candidate must have a minimum of 4 years of work experience related to the rights of People of African Descent.

  • The programme is bilingual in English and French. The candidate needs to have sufficient command of one of the two languages to be able to participate fully in the programme.

  • The candidate has to submit a letter from an organization working on issues related to People of African Descent or minority rights certifying their status.

  • The candidates must be available to attend the full duration of the programme. The selected fellows will be expected to participate in different activities and to strictly follow the programme.

Since 2011, 72 fellows from 32 countries have participated in the Fellowship programme including Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Guyana, Honduras, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Moldova, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela and Virgin Islands.


In 2019, the Fellowship will be held from 25 November to 13 December in Geneva, Switzerland.

How to Apply?


Applicants are requested to submit the following documents in one single e-mail toafricandescentfellowship@ohchr.org:

  • A Curriculum Vitae

  • A completed, signed and scanned Application Form in one single document.

  • A Personal Statement (maximum 500 words) in which the candidate will explain his/her motivation for applying, and how he/she will use the knowledge gained from the fellowship to promote the interests and rights of people of African descent.

  • An Official Letter from the nominating organization or community certifying the status

  • A copy of the applicant’s passport.

  • Please note that submissions with more than five attachments will not be accepted.

Important: Please mention in the subject header of your e-mail: "Application for the YEAR Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent."

Name the attached document as follows:

LAST NAME First name – Type of document
Example: SMITH Jacqueline – Application form.doc
SMITH Jacqueline – A Personal Statement.doc 
SMITH Jacqueline – Letter certifying Status.pdf
SMITH Jacqueline – Passport.pdf

Deadline for Applications: 30 April 2019.

Participant’s entitlement

Each fellow is entitled to a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva; basic health insurance; and a stipend to cover modest accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the Programme.

Selection Process

The selection of the fellows will reflect gender and regional balance. The human rights situation of People of African Descent in the respective countries will also be taken into consideration.

Please note, that because of the volume of messages, applications will not be acknowledged. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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Registration for United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Now Open

Please read the instructions on UNPFII website carefully before registering.

Deadline for registration for NGOs with ECOSOC Status, IPOs and Academics that have participated at previous sessions of the Permanent Forum is 8 April 2019.

Deadline for online application for approval for New IPOs and Academics participating for the first time at a session of the Permanent Forum is 25 March 2019.

#WeAreIndigenous #UNPFII2019

For more information visit: https://bit.ly/2V2B6Rp

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Tadadaho Sid Hill at United Nations

Report on Recognition, Reparations and Reconciliation: Call for submissions

The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will prepare a report on Recognition, reparations and reconciliation under its mandate in resolution 33/25 (2b). The Expert Mechanism will present a draft of this report for discussion at its next session from 15-19 July 2019. A final version will be presented to the Human Rights Council at its forty-second session (September 2019).

The Expert Mechanism hereby requests contributions from States, indigenous peoples, NHRIs and other stakeholders to this report. Submissions should be sent to the expertmechanism@ohchr.org, no later than 28 February 2019, in English, French or Spanish.

Submissions should focus on the themes contained in the concept note in English | Spanish.

All submissions will be placed on the OHCHR website unless indicated otherwise.

General call for contributions on the consequences of exposure of indigenous people to toxic and otherwise hazardous substances

The Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 36/15 will dedicate his upcoming report to the UN General Assembly in 2019 to examining the consequences of exposure of indigenous people all around the world to toxic and otherwise hazardous substances.

The report will be preceded by a study on the same subject, which he intends to present to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in April 2019. At its 16th session, the Forum invited the Special rapporteur to carry out a review within his mandated area of expertise and to present conclusions to the Forum.

Responses to the questionnaire can be sent no later than 15 February 2019 to srtoxicwaste@ohchr.org (preferred option) or addressed to:

  1. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) 
    Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division 
    Palais des Nations 
    CH-1211 Geneva 10 
    Attn.: Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxics 
    Fax: +41 22 917 9006


Call for Applications: Senior Indigenous Fellow

Please share this very important Call for Applications to your organisations and networks, the newly launched Senior Indigenous Fellow position based in the Indigenous Peoples and Minority Section of OHCHR.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Chief of Section and the coordinator of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples, the Senior Fellow will contribute to the activities of the Section by providing substantive, administrative and technical support to the mandate and activities of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples; organises human rights trainings and capacity building activities for the grantees of the Fund; supports the development of comprehensive and inter-active capacity building tools, fundraising activities; and develops outreach and dissemination strategy to improve the Fund’s support to its grantees.

 Deadline of application: Friday, 8 February 2019.
Click here for Application


The Equator Prize 2019...

The Equator Prize, organized by the Equator Initiative within the United Nations Development Programme, is awarded biennially to recognize outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. As sustainable community initiatives take root throughout the tropics, they are laying the foundation for a global movement of local successes that are collectively making a contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As local and indigenous groups across the tropics demonstrate and exemplify sustainable development, the Equator Prize shines a spotlight on their efforts by celebrating them on an international stage.

Eligible Initiatives

• Community-based associations or organizations

• Community-based enterprises and cooperatives

• Women's associations or organizations

• Indigenous or ethnic minority groups or associations

• Youth groups or associations

• Non-governmental organizations

For more info, visit Equator Initiative (https://www.equatorinitiative.org).

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Reminder: Invitation for views on the preparation, scope and content of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Date: 11 December 2018

From: Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

To: CBD National Focal Points, CPB Focal Points, ABS Focal Points, indigenous peoples and local communities, relevant organizations.

Subject: Reminder: Invitation for views on the preparation, scope and content of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Thematic area: Convention on Biological Diversity

Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety 

Ref.: SCBD/OES/DC/RH/KNM/87538



Dear Madam/Sir,

Further to notification 2018-063 (https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2018/ntf-2018-063-post2020-en.pdf) I would like to remind you that the deadline for providing initial views on the aspects of the scope and content of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (including the resource mobilization component) is 15 December 2018. Initial views should be sent by e-mail to secretariat@cbd.int or fax to +1-514-288-6588.

A preliminary synthesis and analysis of the views submitted was made available for the information of the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties as document  CBD/COP/14/INF/16 (https://www.cbd.int/doc/c/09c0/0f53/a4cef3e6647ba15a68aec411/cop-14-inf-16-en.pdf). Kindly note that all of the views received to date are accessible from https://www.cbd.int/post2020/submissions.shtml

The text of this notification is also available on the CBD website at: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2018/ntf-2018-102-post2020-en.pdf

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


Cristiana Paşca Palmer, PhD

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

E-mail: secretariat@cbd.int

Web: http://www.cbd.int

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UN General Assembly Informal Interactive Hearing with Indigenous Peoples

Call for applications: UN General Assembly Informal Interactive Hearing with Indigenous Peoples

Pursuant to General Assembly Resolution A/RES/71/321 which aims at enhancing the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of relevant United Nations bodies on issues affecting them, an Interactive hearings will take place at the margins of the 18th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) on 25 April from 3:00-6:00pm.

Applications for funding by the UNVFIP for participation at the interactive hearings are accepted until 18 January 2019.


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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.




Mission statement about Indigenous Peoples in Ecuador

United Nations Special Rapporteur UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz has made a mission statement after visiting Ecuador the last couple of weeks.

“My main concern has been how to recover the path towards plurinationalism. I must conclude that there is no way to make the commitments in the Constitution true without the full recognition and implementation of indigenous peoples' rights in accordance with international human rights law. Protection of rights of nature cannot be achieved without protection of stewards. I am hopeful that definite steps towards this goal can be achieved through the ongoing open dialogue between the Ecuadorian State and indigenous peoples and nationalities.”

Read the full statement here http://unsr.vtaulicorpuz.org/…/stat…/267-end-mission-ecuador

Leerlo en español aquí http://unsr.vtaulicorpuz.org/…/decl…/267-end-mission-ecuador

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Call for submissions – Thematic report on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion for victims of trafficking

In her last thematic report to the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Ms Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, paid close attention to the issue of identification, referral and assistance to victims and potential victims of trafficking, especially in mixed migration flows. However, protection does not end with identification and referral to appropriate services; the ultimate goal being that of their social inclusion and reintegration, in countries of destination, transit and of forced or voluntary returns.

Victims of trafficking who have been subjected to sexual, labour or any other form of exploitation often face marginalization, shame and humiliation as a result of their exploitation, which often force them to return to their families and communities even poorer than when they had left in search for a better life.  

This is why, to achieve their meaningful social inclusion and reintegration into society, States, the international community, as well as civil society organizations and the private sector need to envisage long-term solutions, including in terms of economic empowerment and job creation, to allow trafficked persons to effectively rebuild their lives and prevent further re-trafficking.

For this purpose, for her next thematic report to be presented at the UN Human Rights Council in June 2019, Ms Giammarinaro wishes to identify key challenges and innovative and transformative models of social inclusion of victims of trafficking into societies. Mindful that trafficking in persons manifests itself in different forms across different regions of the world, she hopes that submissions provided to her will reflect the specificities of each region, based on the practical challenges faced by victims and other actors engaging with them. The Special Rapporteur is also interested in exploring experiences in which access to remedies, including compensation, has been instrumental to social inclusion.

Areas of interest

The Special Rapporteur particularly welcomes submissions focusing on the following aspects:

  • Information (name and contact details) on relevant stakeholders  engaged in designing and/or implementing innovative models of social inclusion of vulnerable groups more broadly, including but not limited to victims of trafficking (e.g. initiatives implemented for asylum seekers, refugees, victims of abuses in general terms, groups at risk, etc.);

  • Information on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion and reintegration of victims of trafficking in countries of transit and/or of destination;

  • Information on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion and reintegration of victims of trafficking in countries of forced or voluntary returns;

  • Information on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion and reintegration of victims of trafficking in relation to former child soldiers and sexual slaves in post-conflict settings;

  • Information on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion and reintegration of victims of trafficking in cooperation with the private sector, multi-stakeholder initiatives and trade unions as well as traditional and religious leaders and community-based protection systems.

All submissions should be sent to srtrafficking@ohchr.org by 15 November 2018.

Call for Applications for financial support from the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples

The Call for Applications for financial support from the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples to attend the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2019), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2019), and Treaty Body sessions between January and March 2019 is now open. Please check the grant cycle for the detailed list of sessions and apply online through the web link below.

Deadline for applying is 12 October 2018.



La convocatoria de solicitudes de apoyo financiero del Fondo Voluntario de las Naciones Unidas para los Pueblos Indígenas para asistir al Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas (2019), el Mecanismo de Expertos sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (2019) y sesiones del Órgano de Tratados entre enero y marzo de 2019 ahora abierto. Por favor, consulte el ciclo de subvención para ver la lista detallada de sesiones y solicite en línea a través del enlace a continuación

La fecha límite para el envío de solicitudes es el 12 de octubre del 2018.



L’appel à candidatures pour le soutien financier du Fonds de contributions volontaires des Nations Unies pour les peuples autochtones à l’Instance permanente sur les questions autochtones (2019), le Mécanisme d’experts sur les droits des peuples autochtones (2019) et les sessions des organes conventionnels de janvier à mars 2019 Ouvert. S'il vous plaît vérifier le cycle de subvention pour la liste détaillée des sessions et postuler en ligne via le lien ci-dessous

Les candidatures sont acceptées jusqu’au 12 octobre 2018.


Briefing in NY on OHCHR plans around civic space

Ms. Peggy Hicks, Director of the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures, and Right to Development Division at OHCHR will brief interested civil society on OHCHR plans for the coming years around civic space, followed by a discussion. The briefing will be held on Friday 17 August 2018 at 3 pm at UNHQ, New York in Conference Room A. One member per organization is cordially invited to attend the briefing. Kindly confirm your participation by email to Ms. Morenike Aroso (arosom@un.org) by 16 August latest.

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Inspiring Indigenous internationalism

Excerpt from article: 

The Permanent Forum, as it is often referred to, serves as an advisory body to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). While the UN serves nation-states, the UN PFII provides Indigenous peoples with a unique avenue to voice concerns in an influential setting. However, navigating the UN is complex and often intimidating for many people, and that’s where Project Access shines.

Project Access was established by the Tribal Link Organization to help Indigenous peoples understand the mandate of the UN Permanent Forum. This year, the Project Access training brought together Indigenous leaders from all 7 of the Indigenous regions. The program is delivered with the aid of several UN accredited Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and most helpfully, with the help of previous participants who serve as mentors. The multifaceted training helps new participants understand the history of Indigenous peoples at the UN, the purpose of the Permanent Forum, and how to deliver effective interventions on the floor. Taking place for the three days preceding the UN PFII, the training brought in speakers from UN accredited Indigenous NGOs (International Indian Treaty Council), UN agencies (Convention on Biological Diversity), and academia (Elsa Stamatopoulou, Director, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program, Columbia University). Furthermore, we were able to meet the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the Chief of the Secretariat for the Permanent Forum!

See full article at: https://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/inspiring-indigenous-internationalism/

Project Access trainees represented the 7 recognized Indigenous regions of the world, facilitated by the Tribal Link Foundation at the UN Development Program in New York, NY.

Project Access trainees represented the 7 recognized Indigenous regions of the world, facilitated by the Tribal Link Foundation at the UN Development Program in New York, NY.