United Nations to Organize World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Bolivia proposed, and the United Nations General Assembly approved, a resolution (A/C.3/65/L.22/Rev.1 ) to hold a “World Conference on Indigenous Peoples” in 2014.

The Conference aims to fulfill the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The resolution calls on states and the international community to help find solutions to the problems faced by indigenous peoples in areas including culture, education, health, human rights, the environment, and socio-economic development.

The first World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth was organized by Bolivia in Cochabamba April 20-22, 2010.

It also expands the mandate of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples to include facilitating the participation of representatives of indigenous organizations in the sessions of the UN Human Rights Council.

Following its presentation by Bolivia, the resolution was co-sponsored by: Argentina, Australia, Benin, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and the Boliviarian Republic of Venezuela.

Upon its adoption, the following were added: the United States, Brazil, New Zeland, Canada, Italy, Estonia, Spain, Albania, Chile, Greece, Congo, Armenia, Croatia, Cyprus, Paraguay and Luxembourg.

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