News, events and stories on indigenous and tribal peoples

  1. International Labour Standards

    New UN partnership for Indigenous Peoples begins work

    20 July 2011

    The newly-established UN Indigenous Peoples Partnership has moved to reinvigorate international action on Indigenous Peoples Right, through establishing criticial priorities at its first meeting here. The UNIPP Policy Board also appointed the ILO as host organization for its technical secretariat.

  2. Press release

    UN launches first global partnership to advance rights of indigenous peoples

    20 May 2011

    The first global UN inter-agency initiative to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples was launched today on the occasion of the 10th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The initiative, called the United Nations-Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership (UNIPP), is a commitment to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and calls for its full realization through the mobilization of financial cooperation and technical assistance.

  3. ILO Convention

    Nicaragua ratifies ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169)

    27 August 2010

    The Government of Nicaragua has delivered to the ILO the instrument of ratification of the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169), whose purpose is to protect the rights of these peoples and to guarantee respect for their integrity.

  4. International Labour Standards

    Central African Republic ratifies ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169)

    20 April 2010

    ILO Convention No. 169 is based on the recognition of indigenous and tribal peoples’ aspirations to exercise control over their own institutions, ways of life and economic development and to maintain and develop their identities, languages and religions, within the framework of the States in which they live. The Central African Republic will become the first African Member State of the ILO to ratify this Convention.

  5. Statement

    Message by Juan Somavia for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

    07 August 2009

  6. International Day of the World’s Indigenous People - 9 August 2009

    Community tourism: respecting nature, local culture and indigenous peoples’ rights while on vacation

    07 August 2009

    Indigenous peoples throughout the world share a common experience of marginalization and discrimination. The non-recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights to their traditional lands, territories and resources has impaired their opportunity to engage in traditional occupations. The lack of access to credit, marketing facilities and other resources, further threatens their livelihoods and way of life. In this context, new forms of community-based activities are crucial as a basis for alternative livelihood strategies. ILO Online reports from Guatemala.

  7. Event

    Africa Regional Good Practice Seminar

  8. Statement

    Statement of the participants of the Asia Regional Good Practice Seminar

    27 April 2009

    The statement is an outcome of the Asia Regional Good Practice Seminar held in Kathmandu, Nepal where more than 90 representatives of indigenous peoples, government and national human rights institutions from 13 Asian countries, along with representatives of UN agencies and bilateral and multilateral development agencies discussed and exchanged experiences and lessons learned in the Asian region concerning the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights.

  9. Article

    9 August – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People 2008 – Organizing out of poverty: indigenous peoples in the Philippines

    07 August 2008

    There are more than 5,000 different indigenous peoples living in some 70 countries in the world. About 70 per cent of them are in Asia and the Pacific, mostly in rural areas. They often lack control over land and resources and face high levels of discrimination and poverty. ILO Online reports from the Philippines where indigenous peoples were able to organize themselves to have a stronger voice.

  10. Statement

    Message by Juan Somavia on the occasion of International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

    06 August 2008

    Message by Juan Somavia on the occasion of International Day of the World’s Indigenous People - 9 August 2008