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  • Glenn Welker
    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu2/10/c/ind/ind_main.htm#decade
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      Indigenous Peoples



      Introduction

      The United Nations began its
      first formal
      work on indigenous people in 1982 with the
      establishment of the Working
      Group on
      Indigenous Populations. Since that time, a wide
      range of activities have been
      undertaken as
      part of the Organization's human rights
      programme and by the United
      Nations system
      as
      a whole.

      Probably the most important
      achievement to
      date has been the elaboration by the Working
      Group of a draft United
      Nations
      declaration
      on the rights of indigenous peoples. The draft
      was completed in 1993 after
      nearly 10 years
      work and with the participation of many
      Governments and hundreds of
      indigenous
      organizations. The draft was adopted by the
      Sub-Commission on Prevention
      of
      Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, the parent
      body of the Working Group, in
      1994 and
      submitted to the Commission on Human Rights in
      1995. The Commission has now
      set up an
      open-ended intersessional working group on the
      draft declaration to review
      the
      text
      submitted by the Sub-Commission.

      In addition to adopting the
      draft
      declaration, the Sub-Commission has undertaken several
      studies. The study on
      treaties,
      agreements
      and other constructive arrangements between
      States and indigenous
      populations has been
      prepared by the Special Rapporteur, Miguel
      Alfonso Martinez (Cuba). The
      final report
      of
      the study was presented to the
      Sub-Commission in August 1998.
      A study on
      the
      protection of the heritage of indigenous
      people was completed in 1995
      by
      the Special
      Rapporteur, Erica-Irene Daes (Greece). Ms.
      Erica-Irene Daes is also
      conducting a study
      on indigenous peoples and land rights, which
      follows on from an expert
      seminar on land
      rights and claims held in Whitehorse, Canada, in
      March 1996. The study was
      recommended by the
      Working Group on Indigenous
      Populations at its 1996
      session
      (see United
      Nations documents and studies on indigenous
      issues).

      The General Assembly
      proclaimed
      1993 the
      International Year of the World's Indigenous
      People. The occasion provided
      an opportunity
      to raise public awareness of indigenous
      concerns and aspirations. Two
      years later,
      the General Assembly decided to celebrate the
      period 1995 - 2004 as the
      International
      Decade of the World's Indigenous People and called
      upon all States, the United
      Nations system
      and non-governmental organizations to
      contribute to improvements in
      the daily
      living conditions of indigenous people under the
      theme "Indigenous people:
      partnership in
      action". The Decade is co-ordinated by the United
      Nations High Commissioner for
      Human Rights.

      A further project proposed by
      the General
      Assembly is the possible establishment of a
      permanent forum for indigenous
      people within
      the United Nations. The forum is still under
      active consideration by
      Governments. Two
      workshops have already taken place, one in
      Copenhagen in May 1995 and a
      second one in
      Chile in June 1997 (see United Nations
      documents and studies on
      indigenous issues).


      Two voluntary funds have been
      created to
      assist indigenous people. Funds available
      through HCHR include travel
      grants for
      indigenous people wanting to attend the Working
      Group on Indigenous
      Populations
      or the
      intersessional working group on the draft
      declaration. All indigenous
      people can apply
      for the former but only those indigenous
      organizations approved by the
      Council
      Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations of
      the Economic and Social
      Council, in
      accordance with Commission on Human Rights
      resolution 1995/32 can receive
      support. In
      June as part of the Programme of Activities of the
      International Decade of the
      World's
      Indigenous People, a fellowship programme for
      indigenous people to receive
      training for
      six
      months at the Office of the High Commissioner
      for Human Rights in Geneva
      began. Small
      grants for indigenous projects on human rights
      and training are also
      available
      from the
      Voluntary Fund for the International Decade. The
      deadline for applications to
      the 2000
      Indigenous Fellowship Programme is 30 September
      1999 and for the Decade Fund
      and the fund
      for
      travel grants is 1 March each year.

      Further details about the
      indigenous
      programme being carried out by HCHR can be
      obtained from: Indigenous
      Project Team, High
      Commissioner for Human Rights, United
      Nations, 1211 Geneva 10,
      Switzerland or by
      telefax on +41 22 917 90 17.
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      INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DEVELOPMENT NETWORK

      http://wbln0018.worldbank.org/ESSD/indigenous.nsf/Control?OpenView&DN=
      1&SC=QUE+ES+LA+RED+INDIGENA?&

      WELCOME TO THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DEVELOPMENT NETWORK

      The Indigenous Peoples Development Network brings
      together
      multilateral and bilateral donors, indigenous
      organizations,
      government
      agencies, NGOs, universities, as well as any
      organization interested
      in promoting indigenous peoples development. The main
      goal of the
      Information Mall is to facilitate technical assistance
      and to share
      information with different organizations working with
      indigenous
      peoples
      and indigenous organizations.

      THE FOUNDING MEMBERS INCLUDE:

      Fondo Indígena
      The Inter-American Development Bank (Indigenous Peoples
      and Community
      Development Unit)
      The World Bank (Cultural Diversity and Indigenous
      Peoples Thematic
      Team)
      International Labor Organization (ILO)
      International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
      Programa Regional de Apoyo a Pueblos Indígenas de la
      Cuenca del
      Amazonas (PRAIA)
      Organization of American States (Unit for Social
      Development and
      Education)
      Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)
      University of Davis, Indigenous Research Center of the
      Americas

      WHY A VIRTUAL NETWORK?

      This initiative grew out of the March 1999 Inter-Agency
      Meeting of
      the
      founding members. The participating agencies felt a
      need
      to improve
      the communication among each other and to foster the
      open and
      transparent access to information in general. As a
      consequence, the
      idea
      to establish a virtual Indigenous Peoples Development
      Network was
      born. The main objectives of this network are: (i) to
      promote the open
      and transparent exchange of information among
      multilateral and
      bilateral donors, indigenous organizations, government
      agencies,
      universities and civil society organizations (ii) to
      improve the
      coordination efforts between donor agencies; (iii) to
      facilitate the
      exchange of
      experiences and knowledge.

      WHAT DOES THE NETWORK OFFER?

      It will provide a knowledge base on indigenous peoples
      development
      issues providing a common space for all network members
      to share
      information, discuss specific issues, to learn from
      each
      other and in
      this manner to promote the improved coordination of
      efforts.

      The network's resources include the shared knowledge of
      all partner
      organizations. The participating organizations have a
      broad knowledge
      about indigenous peoples development issues around the
      world. They
      will also make available their contact networks and
      share information
      about funding and grant opportunities.

      In addition, the network provides a discussion forum
      where indigenous
      organizations, agencies working with indigenous peoples
      as well as
      other development stakeholders around the world can
      share experiences
      and knowledge, and discuss topics of common interest.
      There are
      links to the data banks of the partner organizations on
      which the
      visitors of this web page can draw. Through its partner
      organizations,
      the
      Indigenous Peoples Development Network will be a
      gateway
      to
      international knowledge and expertise that all its
      members can draw
      on.
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      QUE ES LA RED INDIGENA?


      Bienvenido a la Red Indígena
      La Red Indígena conecta aquellas organizaciones
      multilaterales de
      desarrollo, ONGs, agencias gubernamentales y
      organizaciones
      indígenas interesadas en fomentar iniciativas de
      desarrollo en
      América
      Latina y el Caribe. La meta principal de la Red es
      facilitar
      asistencia
      técnica y compartir información y conocimiento con
      organizaciones y
      comunidades indígenas.
      Los Socios Fundadores Incluyen:

      Fondo Indígena
      Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (Unidad de Pueblos
      Indígenas y
      Desarrollo Comunitario)
      El Banco Mundial (Unidad de Desarrollo Sostenible)
      Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT)
      Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA)
      Programa Regional de Apoyo a Pueblos Indígenas
      (PRAIA)
      Organización de Estados Americanos (Unidad de
      Desarrollo
      Social y
      Educación)
      Organización Panamericana de la Salud
      Universidad de California, Davis

      Que ofrece la Red ?
      La Red Indígena se inició en una reunión
      inter-agencial
      entre los
      socios fundadores con los objetivos principales
      incluyen
      (i) promover
      el
      intercambio transparente de información entre todas
      las
      entidades
      vinculadas a pueblos indígenas y las organizaciones
      indígenas
      (ii)
      mejorar la cooperación entre diferente donantes; y
      (iii)
      fomentar
      el
      intercambio de experiencias y conocimiento. Las
      organizaciones socias
      harán disponibles sus contactos y compartirán
      información en
      cuanto a
      las oportunidades y fuentes de fondos disponibles. La
      Red proveerá
      un foro dentro del cual las organizaciones civiles y
      otros
      beneficiarios de proyectos de desarrollo a nivel
      mundial
      puedan
      compartir
      experiencias y conocimiento y discutir diferentes temas
      de interés
      común. Dentro de ésta página web ofrecemos
      enlaces
      (links) a
      fuentes
      de información de las organizaciones socias.
      Quien es propietario de la Red?
      La Red pertenece a todos sus socios. Es decir, que es
      de
      todas las
      organizaciones o asociaciones miembros que tienen un
      ?Kiosko? en
      el sistema de tal manera aporta el intercambio libre y
      transparente
      de
      información. Todos los usurarios pueden utilizar el
      servicio
      ofrecido
      en la Red sin ningún costo. En general todo los
      usuarios
      y todas
      las
      organizaciones o personas pueden participar en la Red.
      Existen
      solamente tres condiciones para participar en la Red. La
      organización
      tiene que:
      1. trabajar en desarrollo
      2. ser una organización intergubernamental,
      multilateral,
      bilateral o
      estatal; una organización indígena reconocido y
      representativo,
      un
      centro de investigaciones, una universidad, o una
      asociación sin
      fines
      de lucro.
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