SUPPORTING PREPARATION OF A DRAFT
AMERICAN DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
The OAS is in the process of negotiating a Draft
American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
To that end, a Working Group was created under the
OAS Permanent Council's Committee on Juridical and
Political Affairs to whom the Department of
International Law provides with legal advice.
Member state representatives and indigenous peoples'
representatives take part in the discussions and negotiating
sessions. Up through October 2011, there have been a total
of 13 meetings of negotiations in the quest for points of
consensus with the full and effective participation of
A summary of the outcomes of the meetings held can be
viewed at the following link: [Click
Finally, it is important to state that the Department of
International Law serves as administrator of the specific
fund of voluntary contributions, which provides financial
support for indigenous representatives to participate in the
meetings of the negotiation process. More than 1,000
indigenous leaders from different organizations in 28 Member
states have participated in the negotiation process. More
than 300 representatives have benefited from this Fund.
Indigenous peoples and their representatives participate in
the OAS, even though they do not enjoy the status of "civil
For further information on the status of the negotiations,
The initiatives taken by the Department of International
Law are funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
and the Government of Spain through the Spanish Agency for
International Development Cooperation (AECID). These
activities take into account gender perspectives, cultural
diversity, and equitable geographic distribution.