Deadline: 24 January 2018
The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) is seeking applications for its UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples to attend the 17th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) from 16 to 27 April 2018 in New York and in the 11th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) from 9 to 13 July in Geneva.
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 Fund is administered in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations by the Secretary-General assisted by a Board of Trustees. The mandate of the Board is to advise the Secretary-General on the use of funds, through the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
According to General Assembly resolution 40/131, the only beneficiaries of assistance from the Fund shall be representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations and communities:
- Who are so considered by the Board of Trustees;
- Who would not, in the opinion of the Board, be able to attend meetings without the assistance provided by the Fund;
- Who 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.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can apply via given website.
For more information, visit UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples.