Since 2005, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact has convened an Asia regional preparatory meeting every year to bring together representatives of indigenous peoples in the region, indigenous experts, advocates of indigenous peoples rights, donors, UN agencies, and other stakeholders. This forum also serves to strengthen solidarity and cooperation of indigenous leaders and representatives in Asia. It is also an opportunity to discuss common and specific issues, lessons learned and formulate action plans and strategies for advocacy.
This year, the Asia Regional Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms relating to Indigenous Peoples was held on 13 – 15 February 2012, in Toraja, Indonesia and hosted by the Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN) and AMAN Toraya, the local AMAN chapter. The preparatory meeting was organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) with support from the European Commission Fund for Human Rights Defenders at Risk, International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Thirty-four representatives of indigenous peoples’ organisations from 12 countries were joined by twenty-two other representatives of donor agencies, support groups and UN agencies. This led to a total of 56 participants from 13 countries who participated in this three-day meeting.
For details, click here to see the report of the meeting.