Statement of Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) on the Implementation of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) at the 14th session of the UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

14th Session of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
UN Headquarters, New York
April 27 to May 1, 2015

Statement of Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN)
Agenda Item 7 (a): Implementation of United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Thank You Madam Chair,

First of all, as you must have become aware of Nepal’s situation and therefore, we would like to appeal the world for assistance.

I, on behalf of Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities, would like to draw the Permanent Forum’s attention to the following issues in relation to human rights situation of indigenous nationalities of Nepal in relation to the statement made by the Government of Nepal earlier in this 14th Session of the Permanent Forum. More

Joint oral statement on the rights of indigenous peoples in disaster risk reduction initiatives in Nepal

Oral Statement: 27th session of the Human Rights Council

Half-day discussion on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

17 September 2014

Thank you Mr. President,

This is a joint statement by IMADR and National Coalition Against Racial Discrimination (NCARD) in Nepal.[1] Firstly, we would like to endorse the Expert Mechanism Advice No. 7 (2014) on disaster risk reduction initiatives.[2]

Floods and landslides have killed 260 people in the last three months across Nepal.[3] It is safe to assume that indigenous peoples, along with Dalits, have been most impacted in those disasters though official data does not exist.[4] Nepal has been in a long process of formulating necessary legislation to minimize the impacts of natural disasters. Indigenous peoples are one of the most vulnerable groups to those disasters due to their poverty, place of residence (remote rural and mountainous areas) and social background (historical exclusion from State power). However, they have been greatly ignored in this process, which is clearly evident when one reads through National Strategy for Disaster Risk Management, 2009.[5] Although the Strategy does not even include a specific reference to indigenous peoples, it takes into account indigenous skills and technologies. More

NEPAL: Video On Climate Change, The REDD Partnership Program, And Nepal Federation Of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN)

Nepal’s government is all set to formulate its policy on REDD+. Considered as the best scheme for climate change mitigation, the REDD+ has however been a subject of countless discourses and debates in Nepal, especially whether or not the rights of indigenous peoples will be ensured in REDD+ strategies remains a big concern.

Indigenous peoples are calling on the government to incorporate indigenous peoples’ demands and concerns seriously while drafting national REDD+ strategies and that the policies should be devised on the basis of provision of ILO Convention 169, of which Nepal is a state party and UNDRIP  More


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