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Celebrating Maasai Culture and Girls Education and Leadership

Hosted by Brighter Green and Tribal Link Foundation at the loft of Thomas Rochon, 100 Grand Street, 6th Floor, NYC (between Mercer and Green Street, Soho)

Brighter Green and Tribal Link Foundation cordially invite you to a celebration of Maasai culture and girls education and leadership on November 16, 2014 from 3 to 5:30 PM. The afternoon will include special guests Nketoria Susan Naserian and Senkeyian Samson Tirike, our Kenyan colleagues who will speak on Maasai culture as well as the specific education struggles young women face. In addition, you will learn more about Brighter Green and Tribal Link Foundation’s joint East African Girls’ Leadership Initiative that educates Maasai young women from Kenya and Tanzania. Traditional Maasai bead work handcrafted in Kenya will also be for sale.

The East African Girls’ Leadership Initiative, now in its fifth year, educates Maasai young women from Kenya and Tanzania and provides leadership training so that they can become advocates and leaders for women and indigenous peoples.  All of our participants have graduated high school and are now in higher education.  They are currently studying a wide range of subjects from women’s studies to environmental preservation and journalism.  As we continue to nurture these young leaders, we also encourage you to make a donation to help support the increasing costs of higher education.
For more information on the program, please take a look at the program page, here.
Please RSVP by November 14th to pkraft@triballink.org.
If you have any questions about the event or the program in general, please contact Pamela Kraft at 917-439-6443 or pkraft@triballink.org.
Directions:
Take the 6 train to Canal Street, walk two blocks north to Grand Street, walk west to 100 Grand Street, between Mercer and Greene.
Or, take the 1 train to Canal Street, walk two blocks north, then east to 100 Grand Street
*Please push the 6th floor elevator button for access to the loft*
We hope to see you on Sunday, November 16th, for this joyous and exciting event.
Best wishes,
Brighter Green and Tribal Link
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‘Largely Invisible’ in Millennium Goals Era, Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge, Traditions Key to Sustainable Future, Third Committee Told

Sixty-ninth session, 19th & 20th Meetings (AM & PM)
With the Millennium Development Goals failing aboriginal peoples of the world, their knowledge and traditional practices must help to guide the post-2015 development agenda towards mapping a more inclusive, sustainable future, the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) heard today, as it began its general discussion on their rights, a month after the historic first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

While Member States had put significant effort into Millennium Development Goals, indigenous peoples had remained “largely invisible” in the process, according to Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Coordinator of the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People, in a statement delivered on his behalf by Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-agency Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

At the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September, the first one ever organized by the United Nations, Mr. Gass said the outcome document had requested the Secretary-General to include relevant information on indigenous peoples in the final Millennium Development Goals report.  “Although we have become better at talking about indigenous peoples,” he concluded, “there remains a major gap between words and actions.”

Other high-level speakers and delegates came to similar conclusions during an interactive debate.  Invisible in national statistics, said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, they must be considered and involved in any decisions made that would affect them.

Development strategies must take into account their languages, traditions, livelihood strategies and autonomous institutions, she said.  In contrast to the Millennium Goals, the proposed sustainable development goals presented a unique opportunity to address the inequalities suffered by the world’s indigenous peoples.  Their inclusion in discussions was essential, she urged.

The United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples had supported the participation of 105 indigenous peoples’ representatives at the World Conference, Maarit Kohinen Sheriff, Deputy Head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York, told delegates as she delivered a statement on behalf of Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

Given United Nations cooperation with indigenous peoples’ representatives regarding the World Conference, Finland’s speaker, during the ensuing general debate, called for their participation at the seventieth session of the General Assembly.

Several Member States commended the World Conference as a historic achievement.  The representative of Nicaragua highlighted the open and inclusive dialogue that had resulted in the outcome document and said that the indigenous peoples had requested a development-based approach to human rights that respected their cultural identity.  According to Mexico’s representative, the World Conference and adoption of its outcome document reflected the maturity of Member States in recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples.  She called on the international community to ensure a cross-cutting inclusion of indigenous issues in the post-2015 agenda.

Several delegates spoke about their country’s accomplishments in promoting indigenous people’s rights.  Colombia’s representative said that the legal and institutional framework in her country for those rights was recognized as one of the most advanced in the world.  Special political representation and collective land ownership were two examples of that.  Japan’s delegate noted that her Government had recognized the Ainu people as an indigenous community and was establishing a Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony in Hokkaido to revitalize Ainu culture.

Looking ahead, the United States representative said her country was moving into a new era of partnership between the Government and indigenous peoples.  Overcoming the historic grievances about resources and territories was part of the process of reconciliation, she told the Committee.

Also speaking today were representatives of Belize, speaking on behalf of Caribbean Community, Australia, Russian Federation, Cuba, Philippines, Panama, Suriname, China, South Africa, Guyana, Peru, Iran, Malaysia, Paraguay, New Zealand, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, El Salvador, Congo, Tanzania, Brazil, Chile, Cameroon, Ukraine, Guatemala and Costa Rica, as well as the European Union and the Holy See.

Officials representing the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Labour Organization also delivered statements.

Exercising the right of reply, the representative of the Russian Federation also spoke.

The Third Committee will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 21 October, when it is expected to begin its debate on the promotion and protection of human rights.

Background

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met this morning to begin its consideration of the rights of indigenous people.  Before it were notes by the Secretary-General transmitting reports of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Status of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples (document A/69/278) and of the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the rights of indigenous peoples (document A/69/267).  Also before the Committee was a report of the Secretary-General on the achievement of the goal and objectives of the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (document A/69/271).

Source: http://www.un.org/press/en/2014/gashc4106.doc.htm

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Jazz Concert for Tribal Link

Title: Jazz Concert for Tribal Link
Location: Tom Rochon’s Loft, 100 Grand Street, 6th Floor, NY, NY 10017
Link out: Click here
Description: Tribal Link and Thomas Rochon will host a benefit jazz concert at Rochon’s private SoHo loft.

Tribal Link provides essential assistance to indigenous peoples worldwide that seek to take their issues beyond the local to the international stage. They cannot do this important work without the compassionate assistance of others who are not only concerned with the present, but also with the future generations.
Roberto “Mukaro” Borrero, a member of the Taino – indigenous peoples from the Caribbean – will open the evening with an indigenous Taino song that acknowledges the “peoples respect for winds of change”.
The benefit jazz concert will follow this opening and include both covers of popular jazz tunes as well as a selection of original pieces. The musicians, which have all donated their talent and time to the event, include: Joe Fonda on bass, “Sweet” Sue Terry on saxophone and clarinet, Michael Rabinowitz on bassoon, George Schuller on drums and Mike Mussillami on guitar.
An informal reception will follow the concert.
Start Time: 06:30pm
Date: 2014-09-27
End Time: 10:30pm

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Indigenous Peoples and the post-2015 Development Agenda: Toward Effective Participation

August 28 •11:45-1pm •

Room 2005, 2nd Floor, North Lawn Building

This workshop will highlight Indigenous Peoples participation within the post-2015 Development and the Sustainable Development Agenda, as well as recommend ways forward.

Moderator and Panelists: Susan Alzner, Officer in Charge, NGLS; Galina Angarova, Tebtebba Foundation; Ghazali Ohorella, Tribal Link Foundation; Andrea Carmen, International Indian Treaty Council

Sponsored by Tribal Link Foundation; International Indian Treaty Council; Tebtebba Foundation; United Confederation of Taino People;  NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

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LAST DAY TO REGISTER: WCIP

Pre-Registration for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Pre-registration is now OPEN for the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples which will take place on 22 September and on the afternoon of 23 September 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York. Please click here for more information.

*** Pre-registration is OPEN, the deadline is Tuesday, 29 July 2014 ***

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

8 August 2014
3:00PM-6:00PM
United Nations Headquarters

New York
ECOSOC Chamber

International Day of Indigenous
 

” Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples”

As the International Day falls on a Saturday, the Day will be observed at UN Headquarters on Friday 8 August 2014 in the ECOSOC Chamber from 3pm to 6pm. It will be organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in cooperation with the NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

The Commemoration for the International Day is open to the public. If you are interested in attending please send an email with your name, affiliation and contact information torequesens@un.org by Monday 4 August 6:00pm (New York Time).

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General Assembly Interactive Hearing – World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

General Assembly Interactive Hearing
 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples -

17-18 June  - UN Headquarters, New York

On 17-18 June an informal interactive hearing with representatives of indigenous peoples and representatives of entities of the United Nations system, academic institutions, national human rights institutions, parliamentarians, civil society and non-governmental organizations, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the present resolution, to provide valuable input into the preparatory process for the World Conference.

Online pre-registration is open.  Please click here to pre-register.

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