Equipo Técnico Multidisciplinario (ETM)

Pueblos Indígenas

 October 1994


The United Nations Development Programme

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the world's largest multilateral grant development assistance organization. Through a global network of 132 offices, UNDP works with people and governments in 175 countries and territories in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Arab States, and Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. This network of country offices renders varied services from providing upstream policy advise, designing country-wide programmes, and devising and executing specific projects, to monitoring, evaluating and enhancing ongoing development work. These activities are undertaken in partnership with the governments and the people of developing countries. In designing the 1992-1996 programming cycle, UNDP's Governing Council identified six major areas of focus: poverty eradication and grass-roots participation; environment and natural resources management; technical cooperation among developing countries; management development; transfer and adaptation of technology, and women development.


UNDP and Indigenous Peoples


Although UNDP has long been associated with concerns and issues of indigenous peoples, recent developments, in particular general acceptance of the concept of sustainability and renewed emphasis on basic needs and participatory approaches, have influenced and changed the direction of support.


Of special importance in this context is the adoption by UNDP of the concept of sustainable human development. This is an approach to development that gives "the highest priority to poverty reduction, productive employment, social integration and environmental regeneration. It brings human members into balance with the coping capacities of societies and the carrying capacities of nature. It accelerates economic growth and translates it into improvements in human lives, without destroying the natural capital needed to protect the opportunities of future generations. It also recognizes that not much can be achieved without a dramatic improvement in the status of women and the opening of all economic opportunities to women. And sustainable human development empowers people-enabling them to design and participate in the processes and events that shape their lives."


UN General Assembly resolution A/45/164 (1990), which proclaimed 1993 as the International Year of the World's Indigenous People and activities in preparation of the International Year further encouraged and shaped UNDP's assistance for indigenous peoples. In pursuance of this resolution and of resolution A/46/128, adopted on 17 December 1992 and the recommendations of the inter-Agency Technical Consultation Meetings on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples prior to the International Year and of the Specialized Agency Consultation with Indigenous Representatives on the occasion of the opening of the International Year for the World's Indigenous People on 11 December 1992, UNDP undertook various efforts to streamline its support for indigenous peoples and to involve them in the identification and implementation of projects that affect them:




During the Year of the World's Indigenous People, UNDP started a number of activities supporting indigenous peoples and their organizations. At Headquarters level, UNDP initiated, actively participated in, and supported, a number of consultations with indigenous peoples:







At the country level, UNDP initiated various projects and programmes, including the following:









Recent and upcoming initiatives





It will be UNDP's goal to raise enough funds to offer the small-grants programme in at least ten countries.


For more information on UNDP and indigenous peoples, please contact the focal point for indigenous peoples at One United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017. Tel.: (212) 906 5347; fax (212) 906 5313.

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