UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples - previous session
The 33rd session of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples’ Board of Trustees took place from 9 - 13 December 2019 in Geneva.
The Board recommended the issuance of the following number of grants during 2020:
- 46 grants for representatives of indigenous organisations to attend the 19th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII);
- 7 grants for representatives of indigenous organisations and institutions to attend the interactive hearings to take place at the margins of the 19th UNPFII session, aiming to enhance the Participation of Indigenous Peoples’ Representatives in United Nations Meetings on Issues Affecting Them.
- 40 grants for representatives of indigenous organisations to attend the 13th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP);
- 30 grants for representatives of indigenous organisations to attend the Treaty Body, Human Rights Council and Universal Periodic Review Working Group sessions;
- 21 grants for the representatives of indigenous organisations to attend the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (UNFoBHR);
- 7 grants for the representatives of indigenous organisation to attend the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Indigenous Platform and Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA);
- 7 grants for the representatives of indigenous organisations to attend the pre-Conference of the Parties (pre-COP), and;
- 7 grants for the representatives of indigenous organisations to attend the Conference of the Parties (COP) itself. During its 33rd session, the Board of Trustees held bilateral meetings and examined information prepared by the Secretariat concerning the implementation of recommendations adopted at its 32nd session, the financial status of the Fund, fund-raising efforts, policy issues and capacity building of beneficiaries of the Fund.
Within the framework of the 33rd Session, the Board of Trustees held its annual informal dialogue with Member States. The Chairperson spoke about the work of the Fund and presented a short video on the impact of the Fund. The Trustees provided information on the impact achieved through the activities of the Fund over the past 34 years of its existence and stressed the need to strengthen the Fund to support the increased number of qualified applicants. The Board welcomed the extension of the mandate by the 3rd Committee of the General Assembly to meetings related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sessions and to the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (UNFoBHR). The Board also expressed concern to the increased cases of reprisals against Indigenous peoples in general and against its grantees in particular, stating that measures need to be taken to prevent this kind of actions from occurring again.
Moreover, the Board decided to foster several activities for fundraising i.e. Using channels of bilateral and multilateral meetings; Exploring the possibility of receiving funding from the European Union in the form of a project; Developing projects with OHCHR, especially concerning the issues of reprisals; Supporting the research of donations from new states, such as Belgium, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland; Supporting the research of private donors and new donors focused on climate change and business focus; Organizing side-events during PFII, EMRIP, UNFCCC meetings, and FoBHR.