CP/RES. 951 (1691/09)
13 May 2009
CP/RES. 951 (1691/09)
SPECIFIC FUND TO SUPPORT THE ELABORATION OF THE
AMERICAN DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
(Adopted at the meeting of May 13, 2009)
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);
NOTING ALSO the amendments made by the Permanent Council on December 16,
2004, by its resolution CP/RES. 873 (1459/04), in order to include in
the Specific Fund the administrative expenses of the Secretariat and
stipulating the procedure for the organization and operation of the
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 headquarters;
ACKNOWLEDGING the need for the presence of a representative of the
Caribbean states on the Selection Board to ensure effective
participation by the indigenous representatives; and
BEARING IN MIND the consensus reached among the states regarding the
inclusion of a representative of the Caribbean countries on the
To adopt the amendments to the Specific Fund to Support the Elaboration
of the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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 Specific 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
2. The beneficiaries of the Specific 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 Specific 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 Specific 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 of the Working Group, and, in their personal capacity,
four indigenous representatives: one from South America, one from
Central America, one from 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 Fund.
6. The costs of administering the Specific 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 additional
7. These guidelines in respect of the Specific 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
8. The viability and efficacy of the Specific 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 Specific Fund to carry out or maintain the selection
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.