UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples - Last session
The 27th session of the Board of Trustees took place at Palais des Nations in Geneva from 17 to 21 February 2014. Ms. Dalee Sambo Dorough was elected as Chairperson of the Board.
Having examined the applications in light of the selection criteria, the Board recommended for approval to the Secretary-General:
- 25 grants for representatives of indigenous communities and organizations to attend the 13th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII);
- 20 grants for representatives of indigenous communities and organizations to attend the 7th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
- One grant for a representative of indigenous communities and organizations to attend the 66th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and two grants for indigenous representatives to attend the 11th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
In addition, the Board held ten private meetings and examined information prepared by the Secretariat concerning the implementation of recommendations adopted at its 26th session, the extension of the mandate of the Fund, the financial status of the Fund, fund-raising efforts, policy issues and capacity building of grantees.
The Board of Trustees held its annual meeting with representatives of donor countries and other interested governments. Representatives of twenty five member states attended the meeting including Algeria, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cote d’Ivoire, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Mexico, Namibia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela. The members of the Board thanked Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Holy See, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Spain and Turkey for their contributions to the Fund in 2013-14. States expressed their strong support to the work of the Fund and commended the excellent work done by the Board.