CP/RES. 817 (1319/02)
8 May 2002
CP/RES. 817 (1319/02)
SPECIFIC FUND TO
SUPPORT THE ELABORATION OF THE AMERICAN DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS
THE PERMANENT COUNCIL OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES,
NOTING resolution AG/RES. 1610 (XXIX-O/99), in which it was decided to establish
a working group of the Permanent Council to continue consideration of the
Proposed American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (hereinafter
the Draft Declaration);
CONSIDERING operative paragraph 4 of resolution AG/RES. 1780 (XXXI-O/01), which
recommended to the Permanent Council the establishment of a specific fund
consisting of voluntary contributions to support the participation of
representatives of indigenous peoples in meetings related to the Draft
Declaration and stated that mechanisms should be sought to ensure indigenous
participation in the utilization of the fund;
CONSIDERING the importance of indigenous participation in the process of
elaborating the Draft Declaration and of indigenous cooperation in carrying out
and publicizing the activities of the Working Group;
TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION the proposals received from member state
representatives and from representatives of indigenous peoples on the
establishment of the specific fund, in particular document GT/DADIN/doc.75/02;
CONVINCED that establishing a specific fund of voluntary contributions will
constitute a mechanism within the inter-American system to facilitate
participation by representatives of indigenous peoples in the process of
elaborating the Draft American Declaration,
1. To establish the Specific Fund to Support the
Elaboration of the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
hereinafter "the Fund," the purpose of which shall be to provide
financial support for participation by indigenous peoples' representatives in
the efforts by the Working Group to Prepare the Draft American Declaration on
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as in other activities of the Group.
This financial support shall be limited to defraying travel and per diem
2. That beneficiaries of the Fund shall be chosen on the
basis of the following criteria:
a. They must be representatives of indigenous
organizations and communities. To facilitate selection, applicants must submit
a letter from their respective organization or community designating them as
their representatives. The same letter must include information supporting the
request for financial assistance.
b. The representatives appointed by the indigenous
organizations and communities may submit their communications to the Selection
Board in any of the official languages of the Organization (English, French,
Portuguese, and Spanish).
c. No more than two representatives from each indigenous
organization or community shall receive financial support to participate in a
single event, subject to the availability of funds.
d. The Selection Board shall take into account the
equitable geographic representation of beneficiaries.
e. The Selection Board shall take gender equity and
equality into account, and indigenous organizations and communities should
consider this recommendation in selecting their representatives.
3. The Specific Fund shall consist of voluntary
contributions by OAS member states and permanent observers to the Organization,
as well as contributions by persons or institutions, whether public or private,
national or international, wishing to finance achievement of the aim set forth
in Article 1. Contributors to the Fund may specify that their contributions may
also be used to finance other activities of the Working Group or participation
in its meetings by experts on indigenous issues.
4. To instruct the Secretary General to administer the
Fund in accordance with the General Standards to Govern the Operations of the
General Secretariat and other rules and regulations of the Organization, with
the support of a Selection Board composed of five members, who shall be: the
present chair of the Working Group, the previous chair of the Working Group or,
in his or her absence, the previous vice chair, and, in their personal
capacity, three indigenous representatives-one from South America, one from
Central America or the Caribbean, and one from North America. The indigenous
members of the Selection Board shall be elected by the representatives of the
indigenous peoples present at the last special meeting of the Working Group
prior to the regular session of the General Assembly. Members of the Selection
Board shall serve for a one-year term and shall perform their functions ad
honorem. The Selection Board shall establish, by consensus, specific criteria
for the selection of the beneficiaries, pursuant to the general criteria
established in operative paragraph 2.
5. To invite all member states, permanent observers, and
other donors, as defined in Article 68 of the General Standards to Govern the
Operations of the General Secretariat and other rules and regulations of the
Organization, to contribute to this Specific Fund.
6. The expenses of administering the Fund shall be
covered by the Fund itself. Consultations among members of the Selection Board
shall preferably take place by electronic or similar means so that the Fund
will not have to cover the costs of its own meetings.
7. These guidelines in respect of the Fund shall take
effect following their adoption by the Permanent Council and may be amended by
the Council itself, on its own initiative or at the recommendation of the
Secretary General or of the Selection Board mentioned in paragraph 4.
8. The viability and efficacy of the Fund shall be
reviewed by the Permanent Council two years from the date of its establishment,
or earlier if the Secretary General reports that there are insufficient
resources in the Fund to carry out or maintain the selection process.
9. The Specific Fund's accounts shall be audited by the
General Secretariat's external auditing firm and its financial statements
published in the annual report of the Board of External Auditors.