International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of Tropical Forests

Excerpt from IAITPTF website: "The International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests is a worldwide network of organisations representing indigenous and tribal peoples living in tropical forest regions (Africa, the Asia-Pacific and the Americas). The Alliance was founded in 1992 during an indigenous conference in Malaysia, where the Charter of the Alliance was adopted, and has been fighting continuously for the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples ever since....Central Africa: Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Burundi, Central African Republic, Gabon, Cameroon...The Work of the Alliance: The work of the Alliance is divided into regional capacity building and training programs (inclusive of an internship program for regional representatives) and the work of monitoring and participating in international policy processes impacting on indigenous and tribal peoples. International policy work is carried out in two ways: primarily, through a system of 'Focal Points' in which members of the ICC are nominated to follow specific international processes; and secondarily, through the ITS' preparation of briefing papers and submission of funding applications to ensure regional participation in these processes. Processes that are currently being followed in the international arena include, but are not restricted to, the following: • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Article 8(j) • Follow-up on the Action Plan of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) and the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) • UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) • UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (SBSTA, COP) • UN Working Group on Draft Declaration • UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations (WGIP)
• Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPF) • World Bank (and other multilateral organizations) policy on Indigenous Peoples • World Parks Congress
• World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)...Regional capacity building programs implemented by the Alliance focus on designing and implementing training programs within the regions on issues such as human rights, international law and other issues of importance to indigenous peoples. Support is also provided to the regions through the ITS in the form of information dissemination and coordination to ensure that work between the regions is complementary and effective.

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