UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples - Last session

Session 2018

The 31st session of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples’ Board of Trustees took place from 29 January to 2 February 2018 in Geneva. 

The Board recommended the issuance of the following number of grants during 2018:

  • 35 grants for representatives of indigenous organizations to attend the 17th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII);
  • 14 grants for representatives of indigenous organisations and institutions to attend the interactive hearings to take place at the margins of the 17th UNPFII session, aiming to enhance the Participation of Indigenous Peoples’ Representatives in United Nations Meetings on Issues Affecting Them.
  • 30 grants for representatives of indigenous organizations to attend the 1th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP);
  • 40 grants for representatives of indigenous organizations to attend the Treaty Body, Human Rights Council and Universal Periodic Review Working Group sessions.

During its 31st session, the Board of Trustees held bilateral meetings and examined information prepared by the Secretariat concerning the implementation of recommendations adopted at its 30th session, the financial status of the Fund, fund-raising efforts, policy issues and capacity building of beneficiaries of the Fund.

The Board also provided a briefing to Member States and held bilateral meetings with donor and other interested countries, such as with Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, Turkey, United States plus with the Permanent Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations.