UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples - Last session

Session 2019

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.

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.

Aimed at updating the Member States on the activities and achievements of the Fund and broadening its donor base, the Board held bilateral meetings with the following interested countries i.e. Australia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, Norway, Peru and Spain plus with the Permanent Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations.


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