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Preparation for Indigenous World Conference 2014

Preparation for Indigenous World Conference 2014

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March 1, 2012: In preparation for next week's North American Indigenous Peoples' Caucus meeting being hosted by the Chiefs of Ontario in Niagara, Canada, Owe Aku is proud to submit the attached report and update on the preparations for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to be held in 2014. This conference was called for by the World Peoples Conference on the Rights of Mother Earth and Climate Change in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
March 1, 2012: In preparation for next week's North American Indigenous Peoples' Caucus meeting being hosted by the Chiefs of Ontario in Niagara, Canada, Owe Aku is proud to submit the attached report and update on the preparations for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to be held in 2014. This conference was called for by the World Peoples Conference on the Rights of Mother Earth and Climate Change in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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Report on Preparations by Indigneous Peoples for theWorld Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014
for the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus
Owe Aku International Justice Projectwww.oweakuinternational.orgoweakuinternational@me.com646-233-4406
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Post-Copenhagen Developments
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Meeting with the Chef du Cabinet 
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Global Coordinating Committee Meeting 
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ATTACHMENT 1 List of Participants in Copenhagen
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Copenhagen
 In preparing for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014, there must beinnovation. Innovation has characterized the participation of Indigenous peoples in theUnited Nations since we first went to Geneva. The specific proposals about Indigenous
1 Decides to organize a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference onIndigenous Peoples, to be held in 2014, in order to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including to pursue the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of IndigenousPeoples… A/RES/65/198
 
 participation have always come from the Indigenous peoples themselves and this is not  just about consultations with NGOS [non-governmental organizations], but with Indigenous governance bodies being recognized as such in their participation. TheWorld Conference is an important opportunity in innovation and implementation of the Declaration; seeing those rights realized.
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These were words spoken by James Anaya in his introductory remarks at the Open-ended IndigneousPeoples’ Brainsotrming Meeting on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014. The meeting inCopenhagen, Denmark was held on January 13-14, 2012 and sponsored by the Government of Greenland, the Sami Parliament in Norway and the International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs. Itwas the first formal meeting3 of an ad hoc group of Indigenous peoples gathered to address WCIP andespecially the preparatory process Indigenous peoples would expect for a “high-level plenarymeeting.” (Attachment 1 is the Participants List.) Mr. Anaya’s words underscore the context in whichIndigenous peoples have alway participated in the United Nations: with innovations rooted in our traditions as Indigneous peoples with the right of self-determination, with treaties, with theresponsibility to maintain stewardship over our lands and territories, and most importantly to preserveMother Earth for the generations to come. The model is, of course, the same as participation has always been within the UN with respect to Indigneous participation beginning with the Working Group onIndigenous Peoples: the full and effective participation of all Indigenous peoples, nations,organizations, parliaments, and governance bodies regardless of state recognition or any official NGOstatus within the United Nations system itself.In Copenhagen, it was agreed that the minimum standards that would be tolerated with respect to participation and outcome would be the Declaration on the Rights of Indigneous Peoples (“theDeclaration”). However, the discussion also included references to other UN documents addressing therights of Indigneous peoples including the Treaty Study, the Study on Lands and Resources and theStudy on the right to participate in decision-making, as guides in the planning and outcome of theConference.To further ensure an effective ongoing process that keeps Indigneous peoples’ representatives immersedin the preparation, participation and outcome of WCIP, concrete steps were taken in Copenhagen:
Report on Preparations by Indigneous Peoples for theWorld Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014
for the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus
respectfully submitted by Owe Aku International Justice Project, oweakuinternational@me.com, 646-233-4406page 2 of 14
2 James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, January 13, 2012, the Open-endedIndigenous Peoples’ Brainstorming Meeting on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark,13-14 January 20123 Two informal meetings had occurred in 2011 at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City and at theExpert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva.
 
Co-Facilitator
In addition to the facilitator that the President of the General Assembly is to appoint for the planning of the Conference, we, the Indigneous peoples, should have a co-facilitator. By consensus, John Henriksenwas asked to serve in that role.
Global Coordinating Committee
A global coordinating committee be established with one representative and one alternate from the sevenUN Indigneous regions as well as a youth and women’s representative. This group would be responsiblefor:a. educating Indigenous Peoples so we can make good decisions regarding the WCIP,b. facilitating the right of Indigenous Peoples to participate at all levels of the WCIP process,c. giving feedback to the co-facilitators of the WCIP,d. distributing information about the WCIP in their region to as many peoples, nations andcommunities as possible,e. sharing and coordinating information with other regional representatives,f. making recommendations for consideration for regional and global Indigenous caucusesregarding the WCIP,g. contacting friendly governments in order to ensure an open line of communication,h. researching strategies for securing adequate funding for Indigenous peoples participationin the WCIP process, andi. communicating input from our peoples to ensure a constant Indigenous presence throughevery aspect of WCIP.Currently, the Global Coordinating Committee consists of the following individuals:Africa: Joseph Ole SimelSaoudata AboubacrineAsia: Joan CarlingTo Be Announced North America: Kenneth Deer (awaiting verification from the North AmericanKent Lebsock Indigneous Peoples Caucus Meeting in March)Latin America: Gilbert SolanoIvan Escobar Diego GuzmanRussia: To be Announced
Report on Preparations by Indigneous Peoples for theWorld Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014
for the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus
respectfully submitted by Owe Aku International Justice Project, oweakuinternational@me.com, 646-233-4406page 3 of 14

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