Guyanese Toshao Bertie Xavier elected to serve on UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

From Guyana Chronicle Thursday, 16 December 2010


THE Government of Guyana is pleased to announce that its nominee, Mr. Bertie Xavier, Toshao of Wowetta Community, North Rupununi, Region 9, was on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 elected to serve on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was established in 2000 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) through resolution 2000/22 of 28 July 2000. The Permanent Forum is one of three UN mechanisms mandated to deal specifically with indigenous peoples' issues. The others are the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous Peoples. The Permanent Forum serves as an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.
According to its mandate, the Permanent Forum will:
* provide expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the Council, as well as to programmes, funds and agencies of the United Nations, through the Council
* raise awareness and promote the integration and coordination of activities related to indigenous issues within the UN system
* prepare and disseminate information on indigenous issues
Mr. Xavier’s election to the Permanent Forum follows from the importance Guyana has attached to indigenous issues nationally and our continued engagement on these issues at the international level, including our consistent participation in the sessions of the Permanent Forum.