Side Event to the 69th UNGA Session WCIP - Strategic monitoring of Indigenous Peoples Rights
Organised by the International Labour Organisation, the European Commission and partner Indigenous Peoples Organisations
23-23 September 2014, Dinner debate, Hotel Westin Grand Central: 212 East 42nd Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues), New York, NY 10017

"In order for them to contribute to our common future, we must secure their rights. Let us recognize and celebrate the valuable and distinctive identities of indigenous peoples around the world. Let us work even harder to empower them and support their aspirations" - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 9 August 2014 – International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) is an opportunity for the international community to reaffirm its commitment to indigenous peoples’ rights and to set out a road map for future action. Building on this momentum, the side event aims to setting in motion a supportive dynamic for the project "Improving indigenous peoples' access to justice and development through strategic monitoring”, implemented by four partner indigenous peoples organisations. The event aims to ensuring coordination, as well as complementarity with the outcomes of the WCIP. The event also seeks to ensure complementarity and synergies between the outcome of the World Conference and its follow-up and the post-2015 development framework process.

To this end, the event will provide an opportunity for participants to:
1. Exchange experiences and lessons learned from the implementation of indigenous peoples rights by the different stakeholders
2. Identify gaps and challenges in this regard that will require further attention and support in a post-2015 development agenda,
3. Identify opportunities, but also resources and capacities necessary for further working in partnership with development partners and relevant multilateral stakeholders, such as UN bodies, in order to further strengthen efforts to implement the UNDRIP.
4. Launch the project entitled “Improving indigenous peoples' access peoples to justice and development: building monitoring capacity of communities”.

Format and Outcome
This event will take place on the 23 September from 6.30 - 9.00 p.m. (debate & dinner).  It will consist of key note addresses delivered by Ms Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, and Mr Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights. Ms. Joan Carling, Secretary-General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) will present the project. This will be followed by interactive discussion and dialogue.

Indigenous peoples representatives, Member States and representatives of United Nations Agencies and civil society are invited to participate and to share their views and experiences of implementation of the UNDRIP.

Registration strongly encouraged as only a limited number of seats is available:


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