Updated March 20, 2002

Indigenous Peoples
For more information on activities in this area, please see
the following Web sites:

  IDB:
 Indigenous People

OAS/III:
Inter-American Indian Institute

 World  Bank:
Indigenous People

Indigenous Peoples mandates from the Third Summit of the Americas

XXXI OAS General Assembly
San Josť, Costa Rica, June 3-5, 2001

      During the General Assembly the following resolutions were approved:

  • AG/RES. 1780 (XXXI-O/01) American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    This Resolution requests that the Permanent Council, through an appropriate and specific body, continue to consider the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Follow Up to Indigenous Peoples Mandates

Special Session on the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People 

In compliance with a Quebec City mandate, as well as a 2001 General Assembly mandate, the Chair of the Working Group to Prepare the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, the Ambassador of Peru to the OAS, organized Special Sessions for the preparation of the Draft Declaration on March 11- 15, 2002. Canada, the United States and Finland contributed funds to ensure the broad participation of indigenous representatives.  

Indigenous delegates from communities throughout the Hemisphere participated in these Special Sessions, where they was a high-level, open and transparent discussion of the elements of the Draft Declaration with representatives from Member States.  The Draft Declaration was negotiated using the following three contributions: an original draft submitted by the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights; proposals from representatives of states and indigenous peoples; and proposals from the Chair of the Working Group.  One of the fundamental issues discussed during this session was self-determination.  Participants also determined that national consultations need to be continued and a voluntary fund needs to be established for a permanent indigenous forum.  In the closing session, there was consensus that progress was made in the Draft Declaration and that the dialogue between member States and indigenous peoples, along with this process, should be continued.

To see information about this important meeting, along with the proposed Declaration, please click here.

World Bank: Draft Indigenous Peoples Policy

The World Bank is carrying out electronic consultations with external stakeholders on its Draft Indigenous Peoples Policy.  The electronic consultations are being carried out in three languages: English, Spanish and French. A simple, web-based form has been provided for feedback on the draft policy. The consultations will run over a five-month period, beginning in July and ending on December 14, 2001. The Bank seeks comments on the final draft policy from external stakeholders, including representatives of borrower governments, indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations and academic experts, as well as multilateral and bilateral agencies. In addition to the electronic consultation, the Bank is also carrying out a limited number of institutional consultations with multilateral and bilateral institutions (such as the UN), and regional and in-country consultations with representatives of borrower governments, indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations and academic experts.

Updated March 20, 2002

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