Indigenous Peoples Find A New Dialogue Forum

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By R. Nastranis | IDN-InDepth NewsReport

ROME (IDN) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, has opened a new chapter in its longstanding engagement with indigenous peoples, majority of whom live in rural areas and face the dual challenges of poverty and marginalization. They were offered an important platform of dialogue at the first meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD.

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UN Lukewarm to Paraguay Indian Tribe's Concerns

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A Totobiegosode woman after she was forced out of the forest, Paraguayan Chaco.By Eva Weiler
IDN-InDepth NewsReport

LONDON (IDN) - Survival International, an organization working for tribal peoples' rights worldwide, is urging the President of Paraguay and head of the government’s Indian affairs department (INDI), to title the threatened Ayoreo-Totobiegosode Indian tribe's remaining lands to them without delay.

At the same time, it has criticized the United Nations (UN) for not responding adequately to Indian tribe's complaint.

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Ethiopia's World Heritage Site Tribes Threatened

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Ethiopia's World Heritage Site Tribes ThreatenedBy Jerome Mwanda
IDN-InDepth NewsReport

NAIROBI (IDN) - While millions in East Africa are caught in the cobweb of a devastating drought that has spread its tentacles across Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, the government in Addis Ababa is snatching some of Ethiopia's most productive farmland from local tribes and leasing it to foreign companies to grow and export food.

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UN Holds Out Fresh Hope for Indigenous Peoples

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UN Holds Out Fresh Hope for Indigenous PeoplesBy Jaya Ramachandran
IDN-InDepth NewsReport

GENEVA (IDN) - In a landmark step towards lifting more than 370 million indigenous peoples in some 90 countries accounting for 15 per cent of the world's poor out of extreme poverty, four United Nations entities have launched a new initiative.

The initiative, to be known as the UN Indigenous Peoples' Partnership (UNIPP), will promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples, aspiring to strengthen their institutions and ability to fully participate in governance and policy processes at the local and national levels.

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