Indigenous organizations are invited to nominate a representative of women for the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples.
The Global Indigenous Women’s Caucus launched today the call for nominating their representative within the Negotiating Team that will participate in the forthcoming World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP).
The delegate will be elected by the Global Coordinator Group (GCG) of the WCIP, among all the candidates nominated by the seven indigenous regions of the world.
This representative will also participate in interactive hearings, in which the representatives of the UN will meet with members of civil society to listen to their proposals and opinions on topics of common interest.
This call for nominations is addressed to the indigenous organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, the Arctic, Russia and the Pacific. Moreover, these regions need to agree on their candidates and send their nominations by November 30.
Nominations must be submitted through the online forum of the Global Caucus of Indigenous Women. The selection criteria are also detailed on the forum mentioned above.
Nominations should include names of the individuals as well as information on the skills and experience of the candidates in relation to their understanding of UN human rights standards, the UN system and the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights.
Queries and doubts about the nomination process may be absolved by Alyssa Macy (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is important to highlight that all communication should be carried out in English.
Indigenous peoples have been organizing themselves to participate in the process of the WCIP, establishing a Global Coordinator Group, composed of indigenous representatives from around the world, as well as caucus of young people and indigenous women.
The Global Indigenous Women’s Caucus, Known as the GIWC, is one of these platforms. This Caucus seeks to promote dialog, build alliances, skills and leadership in the development of collective strategies in processes of the United Nations.
The WCIP will be held on September 22nd to the 23rd of 2014 in New York. This Conference will have as its main objective to evaluate the compliance of Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN Members States.