Side event for the 13th Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

UNIPP Success Stories: Cooperating to promote and protect indigenous peoples’ rights at the country level

In the lead up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014 and in accordance to the UNIPP Strategic Framework for 2011-1015, this side event is aimed at sharing with a wider audience, interested partners and key stakeholders the progress in the implementation of UNIPP-supported projects at the national and regional level.

The United Nations Indigenous Peoples Partnership (UNIPP, or the Partnership) was created in response to provisions of the UNDRIP that request UN agencies to provide support to its implementation and a UNPFII recommendation to the International Labour Organization (ILO), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to enhance inter-agency coordination at the country level with a focus on the promotion and implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights.

Through an MoU entered into between the ILO, OHCHR, UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA, UNIPP was officially launched in May 2011 in New York and has since been operationalized through six joint country-based projects in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Nepal and one regional project in Southeast Asia, furthering the provisions and aspirations of indigenous peoples enshrined in the UN Declaration and ILO Convention No. 169.

Since being operational over the past two years, the Partnership has successfully provided an impetus in bringing together more than 100 partners through its 110 projects and initiatives around the world, broadening its reach in developing programmes that have real and lasting impact on indigenous peoples’ lives. In addition, many of the projects that pre-dated UNIPP at the country and regional level would simply have ceased activity without its support. In its implementation, UNIPP has built on existing mechanisms and activities, drawing on local knowledge and previous experience and lessons learned on the ground.

UNIPP-funded projects have also been a catalyst for mobilising more resources for indigenous issues, with more than USD 3 million being raised for and invested in indigenous peoples’ issues as a result of USD 1.7 million seed resource provided by the Governments of Denmark, Finland and Ireland. As a result, laws, regulations and legislations have been adopted, while consultation mechanisms for participation of indigenous peoples in national development continue to be strengthened in several countries.

UNIPP’s latest publication- UNIPP Success Stories: cooperating to promote and protect indigenous peoples’ rights, captured some of these narratives, good practices and emerging trends in promoting and protecting indigenous peoples’ rights with support from UNIPP. While far from comprehensive, the stories illustrate the breadth of initiatives which UNIPP is involved with, and the concrete steps it has already taken. This publication is UNIPP’s main contribution to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September 2014, and whose main objective is to share best practices in the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights.

The UN-Indigenous Peoples Partnership (UNIPP), in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Finland, Denmark and Ireland will hold a Side Event during the 13th Session of the UNPFII in New York, 19 May 2014 to launch the above mentioned publication and to share further the result of UNIPP’s implementation through its 2013 UNIPP Progress Report.

The side event seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  *  To share the 2013 UNIPP Progress Report which provides detailed information on the implementation of UNIPP-funded projects and how the Partnership is playing a critical impetus for the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights at the country level, enhancing the visibility of indigenous peoples within governments, increasing resource allocation to projects targeting indigenous issues and strengthening coordination among UN agencies;
  *  To present the UNIPP Success Stories, which captures some of the good practices and emerging trends in promoting and protecting indigenous peoples’ rights with support from the partnership;
  *  To discuss lessons that has been learned so far from the projects;
  *  To provide a platform for guidance and orientations from key interested parties and stakeholders the future work of the Partnership..