Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples' Issues

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This publication aims to assist the United Nations system to mainstream and integrate indigenous peoples’ issues in processes for operational activities and programmes at the country level. It sets out the broad normative, policy and operational framework for implementing a human rights-based and culturally sensitive approach to development for and with indigenous peoples, provide lines of action for planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes involving indigenous peoples and duly integrating the principles of cultural diversity into United Nations country programmes. It 1) provides an overview of the situation of indigenous peoples and the existing international norms and standards adopted to ensure the realization of their rights and resolve some of the crucial issues that they face; 2) presents a practical table and checklist of key issues and related rights; and 3) discusses specific programmatic implications for UNCTs for addressing and mainstreaming indigenous peoples’ issues.



Overview of current realities confronting indigenous peoples and the international norms and standards established to address indigenous peoples' issues

International developments over the last two decades provide opportunities for UNCTs to strengthen partnerships with States, indigenous peoples, and civil society as a whole. These developments provide a framework for strengthened engagement on indigenous peoples’ issues at the country level. These include the adoption of ILO Convention No. 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in 1989, the 2005 Heads of State World Summit, in which Governments committed to making progress in advancing the human rights of indigenous peoples, the proclamation by the General Assembly of the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (2005 - 2014) and, most recently, the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the General Assembly in September 2007.


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