Programmes

Indigenous Voices in Asia

The Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) project is gaining momentum following an inception workshop from 8 to 10 May in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The project is driven by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) with partners from Nepal, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia and Laos. The project aims to enhance the capacity and reach of indigenous media, as well as improve the representation of indigenous peoples in mainstream media. It addresses Article 16 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Indigenous Peoples Organizations celeberate International Women Day

Indigenous Community Support Organization (ICSO) Dear valuable IPNGOs and Partner, I’m pleased to announce that in order to join  for an International Women’s Day Celebration on March 8, 2013​, we, ICSO in cooperation with Radio National Kampuchea (RNK) will jointly organize the radio talk show program live on air through Wat Phnom Radio Station FM 105.75 MHz and Frequent AM 918 KHz in every Thursday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM of first and third week of each month (two times per month) under main topic on “Indigenous People Voices”. On Thursday this week, the radio talk show program will ...

Training Manual on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in REDD+ for Indigenous Peoples

This Training Manual on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in REDD+ for Indigenous Peoples is the third in a series of four manuals after What is REDD?, What to do with REDD?, and Understanding Community-based REDD+. The first two publications (i.e., What is REDD and What to do with REDD?) were focused on raising awareness of indigenous communities for a better understanding of the concept of REDD+, on what the possible impacts and opportunities of REDD+ are, and how to protect their rights in REDD+ processes and mechanisms. The manual on Understanding Community-based REDD+, on the other hand, focused ...

What is REDD? A Guide for Indigenous Communities (3rd Edition)

Global efforts are currently underway to protect and restore forests as part of global initiatives to address and mitigate climate change. These efforts are formally referred to as REDD plus – (REDD+, or Reduced Emissions from Deforestation, forest Degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) and are considered by many as a historic opportunity for forest conservation. Critics point at the complexity of REDD+ and its inherent difficulties, predicting it to fail. Others, however, already consider REDD a “remarkable achievement” since the idea of REDD has been taken “to the point where ...

Response of WB president to IP: Letter

Last July 2012, upon the assumption of office of the new World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a letter from indigenous peoples was sent to the Bank urging Dr. Kim for a continued fruitful and sincere engagement between indigenous peoples and the Bank. This letter was endorsed by 98 indigenous peoples organizations and institutions and 43 nongovernment organizations.  Among the identified opportunities for engagement contained in the letter are as follows: 1. Establishment of an independent World Bank Indigenous Peoples Advisory Council (similar to the World Bank External Advisory Group on Forests). It should be established by respecting the ...

[EMRIP 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Statement on Proposals to be submitted to the Human Rights Council for its consideration and approval

ASIA CAUCUS STATEMENT EXPERT MECHANISMON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FIFTH SESSION, 9-13 JULY 2012 UNITED NATIONS OFFICE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND AGENDA ITEM 7: Proposals to be submitted to the Human Rights Council for its consideration and approval Delivered by: Gina Shangkam in behalf of the Asia Caucus In most of the countries in Asia, indigenous peoples live in remote locations, which make it very difficult to access mainstream justice. Many countries do not have National Human Rights Institutions or ombudsman. Indigenous customary law and judiciary systems are often not recognized by the state. Indigenous peoples’ access to justice and their ...

[EMRIP 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Statement on United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

ASIA CAUCUS STATEMENT EXPERT MECHANISMON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FIFTH SESSION, 9-13 JULY 2012 UNITED NATIONS OFFICE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND AGENDA ITEM 6: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Delivered by: Richard Gadit in behalf of the Asia Caucus Five years after the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), several developments relating to indigenous peoples in Asia have taken place. These development include the increased awareness of the UNDRIP, the engagement with UN agencies at different levels, the increased visibility of indigenous peoples in different global processes among others. At the ...

[EMRIP 2012] ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CAUCUS STATEMENT ABOUT FOLLOW UP ON THEMATIC STUDIES AND ADVICE

ASIA CAUCUS STATEMENT EXPERT MECHANISMON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FIFTH SESSION, 9-13 JULY 2012 UNITED NATIONS OFFICE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND AGENDA ITEM 4: FOLLOW UP ON THEMATIC STUDIES AND ADVICE Delivered by: Patricia Wattimena in behalf of the Asia Caucus The Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus welcomes the completion of the Expert Mechanism of its study on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making. We appreciate the inclusion of good practices of indigenous peoples in Asia as reflected in the report.  The report highlights the importance of indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination, including their right to autonomy or self-governance ...

[EMRIP 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Statement on Role of Languages and Culture in the Promotion and Protection of the Rights and Identity of Indigenous Peoples

ASIA CAUCUS STATEMENT EXPERT MECHANISMON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FIFTH SESSION, 9-13 JULY 2012 UNITED NATIONS OFFICE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND AGENDA ITEM 5: Role of Languages and Culture in the Promotion and Protection of the Rights and Identity of Indigenous Peoples Delivered by: Thomas Jalong in behalf of the Asia Caucus The Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus welcomes the Resolution of the Human Rights Council requesting the Expert Mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples to conduct a study on the role of languages and culture in the promotion and protection of  the rights and identity of indigenous peoples.

[EMRIP 2012] ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CAUCUS STATEMENT ON THE WORLD CONFERENCE ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (WCIP)

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus appreciates the Resolution of the President of the UN General Assembly, designating Ambassador Luis DeAlba of Mexico and John Henriksen to conduct consultations in preparation to the WCIP in 2014. Likewise, we congratulate Ambassador De Alba and John Henriksen for their appointment, and we extend our full support and cooperation in the fulfillment of their mandate. In line with the   focus on the WCIP on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the indigenous peoples in Asia wish to contribute to the entire process of the WCIP. We look ...