UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous People: Assisting Indigenous Communities

UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples

The  Fund for Indigenous Populations was established pursuant to General Assembly resolution 40/131 of 13 December 1985, with the purpose of assisting representatives of indigenous communities and organizations to participate in the deliberations of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the former Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights by providing them with financial assistance, funded by means of voluntary contributions from Governments, non-governmental organizations and other private or public entities.

The General Assembly expanded the mandate of the Fund in its resolution 56/140 of 19 December 2001 by deciding that the Fund should also be used to assist representatives of indigenous communities and organizations in attending, as observers, the sessions of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

he Fund for Indigenous Populations was established with the purpose of assisting representatives of indigenous communities and organizations to participate in the deliberations of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the former Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights by providing them with financial assistance, funded by means of voluntary contributions from Governments, non-governmental organizations and other private or public entities.

The purpose is to ensure that the voices and concerns of indigenous peoples are heard at the UN and contributing to increased international awareness of the rights, status, and conditions of indigenous peoples worldwide.

The Fund makes call for applications on regular basis, generally with deadlines 6 months prior to sessions of Permanent Forum.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants can be representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations and communities who are so considered by the Board of Trustees.
  • Would not, in the opinion of the Board, be able to attend meetings without the assistance provided by the Fund.
  • Would be able to contribute to a deeper knowledge on these mechanisms and bodies of the problems affecting indigenous peoples and who would secure a broad geographical representation.
  • Applications from indigenous women, youth and indigenous persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.
  • Applications from indigenous representatives and their nominating organizations that have been beneficiaries of the Fund and failed to submit their evaluation forms will not be accepted.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, visit UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous People.

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