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UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples - Last session


The 28th session of the Board of Trustees took place at Palais des Nations in Geneva from 26 to 30 January 2015. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara was elected Chairperson of the Board.

Having examined the applications in light of the selection criteria, the Board recommended for approval to the Secretary-General:

  • 32 grants for representatives of indigenous communities and organizations to attend the 14th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII);
  • 32 grants for representatives of indigenous communities and organizations to attend the 8th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
  • 14 grants for representatives of indigenous communities and organizations to attend the 29th session of the Human Rights Council (2), the 22nd session of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (4), the 114th session of the Human Rights Committee (2), the 55th session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2), the 69th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (1), the 13th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (1), the 54th session of the Committee against Torture (1) and the 86th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (1).

In addition, the Board held ten private meetings and examined information prepared by the Secretariat concerning the implementation of recommendations adopted at its 27th 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.

On 29 January 2015, the Board of Trustees held its annual meeting with representatives of donor countries and other interested governments. Representatives of sixteen member states attended the meeting including Algeria, Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, Finland, Guatemala, Morocco, Mexico, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Sierra Leone, Spain, Switzerland and Togo. The members of the Board thanked Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Holy See, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Norway, Peru and Turkey for their contributions to the Fund in 2014-15.

States expressed their strong support to the work of the Fund and commended the excellent work done by the Board. States also highlighted the important role of the Fund in the follow-up of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, including in respect of the review of the mandate of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.