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Audited Financial Accounts 2010

The full programme of activities are audited annually by:

Petersons Accountants Ltd,Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditors,Harvestway House,28 High Street,Witney,Oxfordshire, OX2 6RA.

UK Government insists on respect for rights in World Bank Palm Oil strategy

In response to questioning from the Forest Peoples Programme, the UK Government has affirmed that the World Bank's revised strategy on palm oil, which is still being revised, must secure community tenure and Free, Prior and Informed Consent. The Government supports legal reforms where these rights are not secure. The UK Government says it supports the temporary ban on World Bank Group funding for the sector and wants this freeze maintained until an adequate strategy has been developed and reviewed by the Board of the World Bank.

Indigenous Peoples' Human Rights Defenders Network website launched on December 10th, 2010

http://www.iphrdefenders.net is dedicated to help advance advocacy for indigenous peoples' rights and issues in the Asia region. Contributions of articles, statements, photos, videos and other documents on human rights are welcomed. This website will be linked to the main Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) website and the main website of the Asia Human Rights Monitoring System (ARMS) project of the Southeast Asia e-Media Center based in Malaysia.

Malaysia - FPP and SawitWatch query government oil palm policy

In a letter to the Malaysian Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities, FPP and SawitWatch seek clarifications of the government's policies on oil palm and the protection of the customary rights of indigenous peoples. Just as the Federal Ministry seeks to allay international concerns about oil palm expansion, the Sarawak government has announced plans to double the extent of oil palm estates, including 'aggressive development' on customary lands.

Joy and disappointment go hand in hand at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

In the early morning hours of Saturday 30th October, after two weeks of intense, late-night sessions and down-to-the wire negotiations, the Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) at their 10th Conference (COP 10), adopted a “package” which consists of a protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, a new Strategic Plan, and a strategy for the mobilization of resources to effectively implement the convention. In addition, more than forty other Decisions were adopted, including Decisions on: Biodiversity and Climate Change; Protected Areas; Sustainable Use; and Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices. Indigenous peoples celebrated some victories, but also returned home with concerns.

Alegría y decepción van de la mano en la 10.ª reunión de la Conferencia de las Partes en el Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica

A primeras horas de la mañana del sábado 30 de octubre, tras dos semanas de intensas reuniones hasta primeras horas de la madrugada y de negociaciones hasta el último momento, las Partes en el Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica (el CDB) reunidas en su 10.ª conferencia (COP 10) adoptaron un «paquete» que consiste en un protocolo de acceso y participación en los beneficios, un nuevo plan estratégico y una estrategia para la movilización de recursos con el fin de aplicar eficazmente el Convenio. Además se adoptaron otras cuarenta y tantas decisiones sobre la diversidad biológica y el cambio climático, las áreas protegidas, la utilización sostenible y los conocimientos tradicionales, las innovaciones y las prácticas. Los pueblos indígenas celebraron algunas victorias, pero también volvieron a casa con motivos de preocupación. 

Joie et déception vont de pair lors de la 10ème Conférence des Parties à la Convention sur la diversité biologique

Aux premières heures du jour, samedi 30 octobre, après deux semaines d’intenses sessions qui se sont poursuivies tard dans la nuit et de négociations de dernière minute, les Parties à la Convention sur la diversité biologique (CDB) ont adopté, lors de la 10ème Conférence des Parties (CdP10), un « paquet » qui consiste en un protocole sur l’accès et le partage des avantages, un nouveau plan stratégique, et une stratégie pour la mobilisation des ressources afin de mettre effectivement en œuvre la convention. En outre, plus de quarante autres décisions ont été adoptées, y compris des décisions en matière de : biodiversité et changement climatique ; aires protégées ; utilisation durable ; savoirs traditionnels, innovations et pratiques. Les peuples autochtones ont célébré certaines victoires, mais sont rentrés chez eux non sans quelques inquiétudes.

Guyana’s forest and climate plans continue to generate controversy and sideline indigenous peoples

While the President of Guyana was named a “Champion of the Earth” by the UN earlier this year in relation to his efforts to secure international support for forest protection and “low carbon” growth, some indigenous leaders and civil society organisations both inside and outside the country continue to expose and challenge the deep contradictions in the government’s forest and climate plans. In June 2010, the President of the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) made a strong statement to the Sixth Participant’s Committee meeting of the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) in Georgetown, asking why key land rights issues raised repeatedly by APA have still not been addressed in the Guyana Forestry Commission’s (GFC) latest REDD+ readiness proposals.

Los planes forestales y climáticos de Guyana continúan generando controversia y manteniendo al margen a los pueblos indígenas

Aunque la ONU ha nombrado este año al Presidente de Guyana «Campeón de la Tierra» por esforzarse en conseguir el apoyo internacional para la protección de los bosques y el crecimiento «basado en un bajo nivel de emisiones de carbono», algunos líderes indígenas y organizaciones de la sociedad civil del propio país y del extranjero continúan exponiendo y pidiendo explicaciones por las profundas contradicciones de los planes forestales y climáticos del Gobierno. En junio de 2010 el Presidente de la Asociación de Pueblos Amerindios (APA) hizo una larga declaración en la sexta reunión del Comité de Participantes del Fondo Cooperativo para el Carbono de los Bosques (FCPF) del Banco Mundial en Georgetown, en la que preguntó por qué cuestiones claves sobre los derechos a la tierra planteadas repetidamente por APA siguen sin ser abordadas en las últimas propuestas de preparación para la REDD+ de la Comisión Forestal de Guyana (GFC por sus siglas en inglés).

Les projets forestiers et climatiques du Guyana continuent de soulever la controverse et d’exclure les peuples autochtones

Alors que le Président du Guyana a été nommé « Champion de la terre » par les Nations Unies cette année pour ses efforts en faveur de la mise en œuvre d’un soutien international à la protection des forêts et d’une croissance à faible intensité de carbone, des leaders autochtones et des organisations de la société civile du pays et de l’étranger ne cessent de souligner et de mettre en cause les vives contradictions des projets forestiers et climatiques du gouvernement. n juin 2010, le Président de l’Association des peuples amérindiens (APA) a prononcé une intervention sans appel lors de la Sixième réunion du Comité des participants du Fonds de partenariat pour la réduction des émissions de carbone forestier de la Banque mondiale (FCPF) à Georgetown, qui demandait pourquoi les questions clés relatives aux droits fonciers soulevées à maintes reprises par APA n’avaient pas encore été prises en compte dans les dernières propositions de préparation REDD+ de la Commission forestière du Guyana (GFC).

Indigenous Peoples in Paraguay seek solid guarantees for the protection of their collective rights in national REDD planning processes

Indigenous Peoples and indigenous organisations in Paraguay have worked hard in 2010 to obtain guarantees from the government and the United Nations that any policy, decision or initiative relating to REDD readiness will respect their collective rights, including rights to land and the right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Through its participation in the national REDD Committee, for example, the Coordinadora por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (CAPI) has stressed that the UN-REDD programme must comply fully with its own Operational Guidance on Indigenous Peoples. At the same time, CAPI has insisted that the government must fulfil its obligations under international and regional human rights treaties that the country has ratified.