Asia Indigenous Peoples Draw Concrete Plan for UN
BAGUIO CITY (June 12)-Indigenous peoples from
10 countries in Asia came up with concrete resolutions for the concrete
implementation and mainstreaming of the United Nations Declaration
on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP) after a four day workshop
that opened on June 7 and ended yesterday, June 11, here in Baguio
City on the key issues that are of importance to them and are confronted
The workshop (Asia Workshop for the Promotion of
the UN DRIP) was organized by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA),
Tebtebba Foundation, International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs
(IWGIA), Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), and the Asia Indigenous
Women Network (AIWN). Eighty participants from 24 indigenous peoples'
organizations attended the activity.
The Action Plan arose from the collective discussion,
deliberation and sharing of the delegates from the workshops conducted
on land and resources, education, health, socio-economic development
and on capacity building. The Plan will be implemented on local,
regional and national levels.
Joan Carling of the CPA Advisory Council shares
that the workshop provided enriched knowledge of indigenous peoples,
based the country level reports. "The workshop was also a venue
for better understanding of the Declaration and greater solidarity
among the participants, including cooperation with several UN agencies
for a common platform," she said.
While these are the concrete gains, Carling added
that there are challenges that must also be addressed. "The
challenge still is getting governments to recognize indigenous peoples
as distinct from the rest of the population, and that they are entitled
to collective rights", she said, adding that recognizing other
development stakeholders is also a challenge.
The delegates' optimism, solidarity and inspiration
from the activity is a significant start for the implementation
of the action plan, Carling ended. # AT Bengwayan/Cordillera