Indigenous peoples have repeatedly asked for a more systematic dialogue with United Nations agencies. In response to this request, an Indigenous Peoples’ Forum has been established at IFAD. The first global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD was held on 11-12 February 2013, in Rome in conjunction with IFAD Governing Council.
Watch the video from the first indigenous peoples' forum
The IFAD Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples, approved by the Executive Board in September 2009, introduces the establishment of an Indigenous Peoples Forum at IFAD as “an instrument to systematically engage indigenous peoples at the local, national and international levels through a process of dialogue and consultation between representatives of indigenous peoples, IFAD staff and Member States.”
The Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD was established in February 2011 during a workshop in Rome where 28 representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations gathered from all continents. The workshop set forth the governance and participation criteria of the Forum as well as the objectives.
The objectives of the Forum are to:
Resolutions coming out of break-out groups and plenary discussions will be presented to IFAD’s Governing Council.