Recommendations from the Indigenous Youth Caucus
Fifth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
May 15-26, 2006
United Nations, New York
The following recommendations were made at the recent UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous People (UNPFII) by members of the Youth Caucus, whose members included Victor Maqque, a Maryknoll Affiliate from Peru, and representatives from the Alliance of Taiwan Indigenous Peoples NGOs, Amis People, Asia-Pacific Indigenous youth, Indigenous Peoples of Pacific Alliance, International Indian Treaty Council, International Service for Human Rights, Khmer Kampuchea-Krom Federation, Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association, Maryknoll, Melanesian, Puyuma People, Quechua Youth of Peru, Rongmei Women Organization, Taiwan National Youth Commission, Truku People, Tsou People.
The indigenous youth caucus feels a sincere gratitude for the assistance the Forum provided us this year. We, the indigenous youth, as well as young indigenous rights advocates, share the concerns voiced by the Forum members with respect to the problems and discrimination facing indigenous youth today. In order to sustain and continue our efforts to promote, protect, and defend the rights of all indigenous peoples, that stems from the most basic of human rights, we wish to suggest to the UNPFII the following:
- To organize/create a specific schedule/agenda for the indigenous youth within the annual session of the Forum which includes preparatory workshop prior to the commencement of the Forum, the reception, and the side event;
- To allocate funds in support of the aforementioned activities, as well as the projects/activities of the UNPFII youth group;
- To assign dedicated staff member of the UNPFII to help coordinate and provide support services to the said activities in specific and the UNPFII youth group in general;
- To request UN agencies, NGOs, governments of member and non-member states, to facilitate support and funding for local, regional and international indigenous youth initiatives such as the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Conference, the International Indigenous Youth Conference, and other upcoming training-workshops and forums.
- To promote to governments of member and non-member states and UN agencies that they should financially support indigenous youth to participate in the Forum, as to facilitate the fulfillment of goals of indigenous youth by providing the proper capacity-building training and education.
- To make all possible efforts in order to include members from urbanized areas in the indigenous youth network and to address the impact of urbanization on the youth. We would also like to suggest that a “youth engagement strategy” be developed with full participation of the youth throughout its design process; such participation should not be hindered neither by tangible barriers such as food, transportation, and fee, nor intangible obstruction such as educational backgrounds.
- Finally, but most importantly, that the Forum take into consideration the contribution of Indigenous youth at the international level, and therefore a seat in the UNPFII be allocated to an Indigenous Youth.
In addition, the indigenous youth caucus would like to express our support to the correction of Chinese translation of the term “indigenous peoples” in the UN official documents. We welcome any consultation with Indigenous peoples regarding the translation in Chinese to adopt a more appropriate term that reflects dignity and rights of all indigenous peoples in the world.