XIII Meeting of Negotiations in the Quest for Points of Consensus

The Thirteenth Meetings of Negotiations in the Quest for Points of Consensus took place at OAS Headquarters from January 18 to 20, 2011. It was preceded by the meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus held on January 15 to 17, 2011.

The plenary was presided by the Chair of the Working Group, Ambassador Guillermo Cochez, Permanent Representative of Panama to the OAS.
In accordance with the OAS Permanent Council resolution CP/RES. 951 (1691/09) which regulates the Specific Fund to Support the Elaboration of the American Declaration of Rights for Indigenous People, thirty two indigenous representatives who participated in the events had been selected to obtain the mentioned funding. In total, sixty nine indigenous representatives attended the Meeting.

The Thirteenth Meeting of Negotiations in the Quest for Consensus approved the following artciles and paragraphs:

• The revised title and paragraph 1 of Article XII (Right to cultural identity and integrity)
• Paragraphs 2 and 5 of Article XVII (Health); the entire provision is now approved
• Article XIX (Rights of association, assembly, freedom of speech and thought)
• Paragraphs 2 and 4 of Article XXI (Indigenous law and jurisdiction)
• A new title in Article XXII (Participation of indigenous peoples and contributions of indigenous legal and organizational systems)
• A modified title and paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article XXIII (treaties, agreements, and other constructive arrangements)
• Paragraphs 1, 3, and 4 of Article XXVII (Labor rights)
• Article XXXIV

Still pending approval are:

• Paragraph 2 of Article XII
• Paragraph 1 of Article XXI
• Article XXII
• Paragraph 1 of Article XXIII
• Paragraph 5 of Article XXVII
• New paragraphs ter, quat, and quint of Article XXXIV.

The following document contains the outcomes of the Thirteenth Meetings of Negotiations in the Quest for Points of Consensus, held by the Working Group, as of January 20, 2011:

Record of the Current Status of the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Meeting details

Date: January 18 to 20, 2011
Place: OAS - Main Building (MNB), Washington D.C., United States


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