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Intervention by Estonia at the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session under Item 5 interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the EMRIP

20.09.2017

UN Human Rights Council 36th Session

 

 

Intervention by ESTONIA

 

Item 5: clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Geneva, 20 September 2017

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Mr. President,

 

Estonia aligns itself with the EU statement.


Firstly, we would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, for presenting her latest report on the topic of climate change. We would like to highlight the need for consultation with and participation of indigenous peoples in climate change mitigation processes. We would like to invite the Special-Rapporteur to elaborate on possible recourses in the situation of disproportionate vulnerability of indigenous peoples to climate change, more specifically on its gendered impact – an issue raised in the report, whereby women and girls are more likely to be affected by climate change, also meaning that they are more vulnerable to discrimination and exploitation.


Secondly, we would like to thank the Chairperson Mr. Albert Kwokwo Barume and other experts of Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) for their work and the latest reports under the expanded mandate.

We acknowledge the reiteration in EMRIP’s annual report that an implementation gap exists between the support shown by States for the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) at the international level and concrete action to promote and protect indigenous peoples’ rights at the national level.


Moreover, we appreciate and look forward to addressing the proposal by EMRIP in its annual report to the HRC to make efforts to facilitate participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in its work, which includes this dialogue we are having now, and the preceding panel.


Finally, for several years Estonia contributed its expertise to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and we regularly provide financial support to the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations. We call on all countries to contribute to the fund, which receives far too little input, considering the range of support they are mandated to provide. In order to enhance the actual participation of representatives of indigenous peoples in UN meetings affecting them, we hereby call on all States to contribute to this important Fund.

 

Thank you.

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