CP/RES. 873 (1459/04)
16 December 2004
CP/RES. 873 (1459/04)
AMENDMENTS TO THE
SPECIFIC FUND TO SUPPORT THE ELABORATION
OF THE AMERICAN DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
(Adopted at its session
held on December 15, 2004)
THE PERMANENT COUNCIL OF THE ORGANIZATION
OF AMERICAN STATES,
NOTING that on May 8, 2002, the Permanent Council, by
way of resolution CP/RES. 817 (1319/02), established the Specific Fund
of voluntary contributions to provide financial support for
participation by indigenous peoples’ representatives in the efforts to
prepare the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples (hereinafter the Specific Fund);
CONSIDERING that, since its creation, the Specific
Fund has allowed representatives of indigenous peoples of the member
states to participate in the Working Group meetings held at OAS
BEARING IN MIND the need to include the administrative
expenses directly related to the participation of the representatives of
the indigenous peoples in the process of elaborating the draft
Declaration in operative paragraph 6 of resolution CP/RES. 817
BEARING IN MIND ALSO the need to specify the procedure
for selection of the three indigenous members of the Selection Board,
the length of their term in office, and the composition and
decision-making procedure of the Selection Board, in keeping with
operative paragraph 4 of resolution CP/RES. 817 (1319/02),
To adopt the amendments to the Specific Fund to
Support the Elaboration of the American Declaration on the Rights of
SPECIFIC FUND TO SUPPORT THE ELABORATION OF THE
AMERICAN DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
1. To establish the Specific Fund of Voluntary
Contributions 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 the costs directly related to the
participation by indigenous peoples’ representatives in the process of
elaborating the Draft Declaration, including travel, per diem, and
health insurance expenses and those directly related to the logistics of
the Indigenous Peoples’ caucus.
2. The 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 resolutive paragraph 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.
a. The Selection Board shall be composed of five
members, who shall be: the present chair and vice chair of the Working
Group, and, in their personal capacity, three indigenous
representatives: one from South America, one from Central America or the
Caribbean, and one from North America; they shall perform their
functions ad honorem.
b. The indigenous members of the Selection Board shall
be appointed for a 12-month term or, once that period has expired, until
the next meeting held by the Working Group with the participation of
representatives of indigenous peoples, at which the new indigenous
members of the Board shall be appointed.
c. The representatives of indigenous peoples shall
appoint the indigenous members of the Selection Board through mechanisms
they themselves establish and shall convey their decision to the General
Secretariat in writing.
d. The decisions of the Selection Board shall be
adopted by consensus. The specific criteria for the selection of the
beneficiaries shall be determined in accordance with the general
criteria established in operative paragraph 2.
e. Consultations among members of the Selection Board
shall take place by electronic or similar means, if possible, so as to
avoid the additional expenses involved in holding its own meetings.
5. To invite all member states, permanent observers,
and other donors, as defined in Article 73 of the General Standards to
Govern the Operations of the General Secretariat and other provisions
and regulations of the Organization, to contribute to this Specific
6. The costs of administering the Fund shall be
covered by the Fund itself. All communications, to the extent possible,
shall be conducted by electronic or similar means, so as not to incur
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
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