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25th Anniversary of the ILO Convention 169

The 25th anniversary of the ILO convention No. 169 is marked with a seminar called “Enabling rights-based development for indigenous and tribal peoples – learning from 25 years’ experience of ILO Convention No.169”.

The seminar is intended as a multi-stakeholder platform for taking stock of the contribution of ILO Convention No.169 to human rights-based and self-determined development. 

During the seminar the following questions will be addressed: 

  • How has the implementation of Convention No.169 contributed to human rights-based development?
  • How can related challenges be overcome? Has the Convention contributed to building social peace and multi-ethnic democratic States? 
  • Can the self-determined development of indigenous peoples be aligned with national interests and private investments, includ¬ing large-scale natural resource exploitation projects?

An important part of the seminar will be a concrete contribution to the follow-up of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The organizers expect that the seminar will identify timely and concrete recommendations regarding action that could be taken to promote further ratification and advance in the implementation of the Convention.

 

Events during the seminar

The seminar’s programme offers an interactive platform for taking stock of the contribution of ILO Convention No.169 to a human rights-based and self-determined development through a series of thematic panels and interactive dialogues.

The two-day programme includes both space for interactive debates and presentation of country and regional experi¬ences by representatives of indigenous peoples, governments, social partners, independent experts, UN agencies and mechanisms.

The combination of interactive debates and presentations will enable all stakeholders to participate actively in the exchanges of experiences with a view to identify¬ing potential concrete actions that could be taken to promote ratification of the Convention and further its practical implementation.

 

Sharing information from the seminar

A short document will be produced as part of the seminar. The document will present concrete lessons drawn from 25 years’ experience of the Convention, including suggestions for action to promote ratification and advance in the implementation of Convention No.169. The document will be widely distributed to participants, State delegations, UN agencies, UN mechanisms dealing with indigenous peoples’ rights, indigenous peoples’ organizations/networks and other stakeholders.

IWGIA and the University of Lucerne will make a knowledge-sharing publication on the contribution of Convention No. 169 to the advancement and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples and their participation in national development. The publication will compile seminar documents, panel contributions, additional written contributions and the outcome document of the seminar.