United Nations and Indigenous Peoples in Developing Countries An Evolving Partnership | Land Portal

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novembre 2014
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© Tebtebba Foundation 2014

As indigenous peoples continue to gain more space in the UN system, the real challenge is ensuring the full recognition, respect, protection and exercise of their rights at all levels—and especially at the grassroots level. The UN system therefore needs to put into action its commitment in making the UN a “home” for indigenous peoples.

In this context, the present review of the evolving part- nership between the UN system and indigenous peoples in developing countries constitutes a very important contribution, as it provides an overview of how the UN agencies, funds and programmes are incorporating and addressing indigenous peoples in their strategic interventions and programmes. It is a very informative and insightful report that highlights the gains, challenges and key recommendations on how these bodies can be more responsive and contribute in the achievement of the aspirations of indigenous peoples, thereby strengthening our partnership.

This report is also very useful in moving forward with the Outcome Document of the UN High Level Plenary Meeting, known as the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), especially in relation to the development of a UN System-Wide Action Plan to promote indigenous peoples rights. 

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Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Birgitte Feiring
Maria Eugenia Choque Quispe Binota Moy Dhamai Johnson Ole Kaunga Dennis Mairena
Sille Stidsen
Sek Sophorn Abhilash Tripura
Joram Jurgen|Useb


Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education) is an indigenous peoples’ organization born out of the need for heightened advocacy to have the rights of indigenous peoples respected, protected and fulfilled worldwide. It also advocates and works on the elaboration and operationalization of indigenous peoples’ sustainable, self-determined development. Tebtebba actively engaged in the processes which led to the adoption of international human rights law and other international instruments, policies and agreements.

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