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Natural Resources Stewardship Circle identified as a best practice by Indigenous Peoples Organizations

A new publication entitled “Indigenous Peoples Guidebook on Free Prior and Informed Consent and Corporate Standards” identifies the Natural Resource Stewardship Circle (NRSC) as a best practice in private sector standard setting processes. The publication, developed by First Peoples World Wide (FPW), the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), and Trillium Asset Management (Trillium), seeks to provide a range of strategies that Indigenous Peoples can choose from to secure their rights, “based on what best suits their needs and talents.” The first section of this Guidebook lists the public-sector mechanisms adopted at the international level by governments, while the second section lists the pri­vate-sector mechanisms.

As the public sector seeks to better develop partnerships with the private sector toward finalizing the United Nations post-2015 Development Agenda, the Guidebook serves as a timely “resource for Indigenous Peoples affected by business activities” at various levels. Whether they are in negotiations with corporations, working to strengthen government protections, or seeking redress for violations of their rights, Indigenous Peoples can engage both public-sector and private-sector strategies to advocate for their rights and pave the way for culturally-appropriate development.

Within this context, the Tribal Link Foundation recommended a case study on the NRSC to the publications developers, who independently assessed the merits of inclusion.  The study includes region of operation, membership size and membership requirements, member examples, specific language addressing Indigenous Peoples, and an organizational summary including highlights from the NRSC’s mission.  The Guide also features High Level Indigenous contributors including International Chief Wilton Littlechild, Chair, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Myrna Cunningham, member and former Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).  The Guidebook, available electronically in both English and Spanish, was presented at side-event during the 13th session of the UNPFII this past May.

FPW is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to strengthening Indigenous communities through the restoration of their authority and control over their assets. IITC is an organization of Indigenous Peoples working for the sovereignty and self-determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous rights, treaties, traditional cultures and sacred lands. Trillium is an independent investment management firm providing equity, balanced, and fixed income portfolios dedicated solely to sustainable and responsible investing. The inclusion of the NRSC case study in this publication is significant as it provides positive international visibility and endorsement of the Circle’s commitment to Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.

Review the NRSC case study on pp. 54-56:

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Tribal Link’s Project Access Training Program and Participants Featured on BBC

Threatened tribes visit UN to fight for indigenous issues

23 May 2014

New York is one of the most diverse cities in the world – but for the past two weeks it has been even more cosmopolitan than usual.

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues attracted people from almost every continent. Many of them had never left their country before.

The BBC spent time with a group including a Maori, a Masai and a Sioux as well as a Mororo from Cameroon and a Khoisan from South Africa.

They discussed their shared concerns over how to protect their lands and traditions – and held late-night sessions preparing to deliver speeches at the UN.

Produced by the BBC’s Anna Bressanin


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Thirteenth Session of the Permanent Forum Update

UNPFII 13th Session

Thirteenth Session of the Permanent Forum

12-23 May 2014
Trusteeship Council Chamber
UN Headquarters, New York


NEW organizations:
Pre-registration is now:

Organizations which have previously participated:
Pre-registration is:
Deadline: 30 April 2014

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Tenth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goal


The compilation is the product of submissions made by members of the UN inter-agency technical support team (TST). It is an unofficial compilation intended solely for information for information of the OWG and Member States. Given the very large number of existing intergovernmental commitments, the compilation is of necessity not exhaustive or complete. As more information is received, the compilation will be updated.

31 Mar 2014 – 4 Apr 2014 
New York, UNHQ

Indigenous Peoples are participating via the Major Group process. Visit:

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Thirteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


12-23 May 2014
United Nations Headquarters, New York
Special Theme: 
“Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles 3 to 6 and 46”

Pre-Registration is now: OPEN

>>>How to Participate
>>>Side Events

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Equator Prize 2014

Equator Prize 2014

The Equator Prize 2014 will recognize twenty-five local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Profiles of past Equator Prize winners can be found here.

Equator Prize 2014 winners will each receive $5,000 (USD), with several selected for ‘special recognition’ and an additional $15,000 (USD).

Representatives of winning communities will be supported to participate in a series of events held in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled for September 2014 in New York.

Please review our eligibility requirementsselection criteria and FAQs for more information.

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Tribal Link Foundation’s Year End Update. Please donate to help us continue our work.

Project Access 2013 Participants at United Nations Headquarters


Greetings friends:

Since 1992 Tribal Link Foundation has served Indigenous Peoples from around the world with the philosophy that Indigenous Peoples must speak for themselves; they must not be spoken for. We remain firm in our position that a communities’ work on the ground is best supported by facilitating the linkages that indigenous communities themselves see as necessary. Your continued support via donations makes this possible.

This past year was an exciting one as we continued, with your help, to proudly support Indigenous Peoples’ educational pursuits, their effective participation in international meetings that affect their rights, and facilitate linkages to international markets to further local entrepreneurial endeavors.

Tuwe Huni Kuin at the UN General Assembly in 2013

 Some of our work highlights are featured in our December newsletter and include   success stories such as our Indigenous Fellowship Program with  Tuwe Huni Kuin from Brazil, our groundbreaking work with the Natural Resources Stewardship Circle, our cornerstone training program Project Access, and our Girls Education Program in Kenya and Tanzania. I trust these programs convey the significance of Indigenous Peoples’ cultures and concerns, and Tribal Link’s commitment to provide access to the resources they need to reach their fullest potential. Tribal Link is one of the few organizations of its kind, unique in the comprehensive services we provide to ensure indigenous communities’ success in their work on their own terms.

 You can make a difference in the lives of Indigenous Peoples by supporting our work in 2014. Please consider donating online ( or by check (to Tribal Link 109 West 28th Street New York, NY 10001). All contributions are tax deductible and are directly applied to program costs.

From the Tribal Link family to yours, we wish you all a very happy holiday season and a prosperous new year. Thank you again for your generous support.


Pamela Kraft,

Executive Director

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