Global Meeting of the Indigenous People Forum to be held at IFAD 10 and 13 February 2017

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Global Meeting of the Indigenous People Forum to be held at IFAD 10 and 13 February 2017

On Friday and Monday, 10th and 13th of February, the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) hosts the third Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum.

During this biennial meeting, IFAD brings together representatives of indigenous peoples' organizations from across the world, as well as leaders of partner organizations, to discuss improved participation of indigenous peoples in IFAD-supported rural development projects.

The meeting is open to the media. Key speakers and participants will include:

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;

Elifuraha Laltaika, Member, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Africa;

Joan Carling, former Member, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Asia;

Mirna Cunningham, President, CADPI, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Antonella Cordone, Senior Technical Specialist, Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Issues, IFAD;

The meeting concludes on February 13th and will be followed by a reception where, in collaboration with Slow Food association, beneficiaries of IFAD supported projects from the Gran Chaco region in Argentina will offer traditional recipes and wine.

Read the full agenda.

The plenary sessions, including the final deliberations of the forum, will be webcast at:

IFAD, Via Paolo di Dono 44 -  E.U.R./Laurentina, Rome

For accreditations please contact by Thursday 9 February 12h00

Francesco Manetti - , tel: +39 06 5459 2120 +39 393 016 4477

Media Advisory No.: IFAD/03/2017

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided nearly US$18.4 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 464 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN's food and agriculture hub.