News, events and stories on indigenous and tribal peoples

  1. Article

    Land rights mean social justice for Cambodia's indigenous peoples

    27 January 2012

    February 20 is World Day for Social Justice, focusing attention on the necessity for economic growth to promote equity and social justice, and that “a society for all” must be based on social justice and respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms. In Cambodia new legislation is helping some indigenous peoples achieve some of these rights and build a more secure future. By Maeve Galvin, Communication and Advocacy Officer, ILO Cambodia.

  2. Press release

    Interview with Tim Lyons, Assistant Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions

    19 January 2012

    Tim Lyons, who was the Workers' group spokesperson at the 15th ILO Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting, talks about the situation of workers in Fiji, the promotion of ILO Conventions in Australia, and what the Australian Council of Trade Unions expects from the ILO...

  3. International Labour Standards

    United Nations-Indigenous Peoples Partnership approves six country projects and one regional program to advance indigenous peoples’ rights.

    10 November 2011

    The United Nations-Indigenous Peoples Partnership (UNIPP) held its second Policy Board meeting in New York on 27-28 October 2011 to review and approve proposals for UN country programs designed in partnership with indigenous peoples.

  4. Statement

    Message by ILO Director-General Juan Somavia on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    08 August 2011

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Statement

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

    07 August 2009