Side Event at the 18th Session of the UNPFII

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169): “Learning and looking ahead”

Over three decades, the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169) has played a significant role in facilitating the development of laws, policies, institutions and programs aimed at promoting and securing the rights and well-being of indigenous and tribal peoples. Measures inspired by the Convention, taken by ratifying and other countries, include tools for making indigenous peoples visible in statistics based on self-identification, land rights, mechanisms for consultation and participation, measures regarding health and education, among others.

Drawing its strength from its status as a legally binding instrument once ratified, the Convention offers opportunities for building trust, promoting social dialogue, strong national laws and institutions, and ultimately peaceful, just and inclusive societies. This event provided a space for governments, workers, employers and indigenous peoples at the UNPFII to share experiences, challenges and opportunities with regard to the Convention’s ratification and implementation. It served to promote dialogue and partnerships with a view to encouraging actions at the national and international levels to promote the Convention as a framework for inclusive, sustainable and rights-based development. It also highlighted the role of ILO’s tripartite constituents promoting the Convention’s implementation.

Opening remarks by Her Excellency Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the General Assembly.


  • Ms Ulla Sarela Holmquist Pachas (Minister of Culture, Peru)
  • Mr Adelfo Regino (Director-General, National Institute of Indigenous Peoples, Mexico)
  • Mr José Osvaldo Zuñiga Pino (Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Chile)
  • Mr Guido Ricci (Comité Coordinador de Asociaciones Agrícolas, Comerciales, Industriales y Financieras (CACIF), Guatemala)
  • Ms Tarcila Rivera Zea (Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues)
Moderator: Ms Carmen Moreno (Director, ILO Sub-Regional Office for Central America)

The recording of the full event is available here: