UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples was established by General Assembly in 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 has been instrumental in ensuring that voices of indigenous peoples are heard within the UN system. The fund assists representatives of indigenous communities and organizations in attending the sessions of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) also facilitate the participation of representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations in sessions of the Human Rights Council and of human rights treaty bodies and also to participate in the consultation process on the procedural and institutional steps to enable the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of relevant United Nations bodies on issues affecting them. Binota Moy Dhamai, a Member of the Board of Trustee and current Chair of the Fund talks about the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples and opportunity offered for indigenous peoples to participate in the UN systems.
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