Will the UN stand by its commitment for Indigenous peoples' full participation?

I received this information in an email. (I have paraphrased the email report).

On January 19, around 30 Indigenous peoples’ representatives and UN experts met in Copenhagen to brainstorm about how to secure the full participation of Indigenous peoples in planning and celebrating the 2014 UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

The UN General Assembly decided to hold the 2014 conference at its 65th session in 2010. However, it is still undecided what form the Conference will take.  The UN resolution merely talked about organizing a “high-level meeting of the General Assembly that is to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples”.

The Copenhagen indigenous peoples’ brainstorming meeting was organized by the Greenland Government’s Representation in Copenhagen, the Sami Parliament of Norway and IWGIA, and it was opened by the Premier of the Greenland Government Kuupik Kleist, the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Villy Søvndal and UN Special Rapporteur for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya.

The challenge of the UN in relation to the actual process is whether it will be able to live up to its own declaration and give Indigenous peoples the space to assert their rights of participation.

As stated by Kuupik Kleist: “the wording of the resolution, that the World Conference be a high-level meeting of the General Assembly, immediately raised worrying questions as to whether the standard rules of procedures for General Assembly high-levels could accommodate the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples”

The outcome of the Copenhagen meeting is a resolution affirming the importance of maintaining the standards established in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and outlining a set of minimum terms regarding indigenous peoples’ participation in the process.

Apart from Denmark and Greenland, the Governments of Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, Canada and Norway was represented by their embassies to Denmark.

The Resolution states, (I have edited the resolution):

The participants at the open-ended Indigenous Peoples’ Brainstorming Meeting on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 decide the following arrangements which must be adopted for the purpose of ensuring the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples in the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014.

The World Conference must be consistent with the standards established by the United Nations for acknowledging and respecting the rights of the Indigenous Peoples of the world, and in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We believe the following are the minimum terms for the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples.

1. An indigenous nominated co-facilitator be appointed.

2. An indigenous global coordinating group be established comprising Indigenous representatives from each of the seven Indigenous regions being Africa, Arctic, Asia, Latin America, North America, Pacific and Russia.

3. Indigenous Peoples delegations must be able to fairly achieve accreditation to the World Conference and any preparatory meetings.

4. Indigenous Peoples governing institutions, including nations, councils, parliaments and governments, including traditional governments, should be acknowledged as governments and accredited to participate as peers with States.

5. Where Indigenous Peoples decide to convene local, national, regional and global preparatory processes leading up to the World Conference then those meetings should be officially recognized as part of the preparatory process of the World Conference.We call upon States and agencies of the United Nations to provide funds for the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples.

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