The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) was held in September 2014. The WCIP was an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
The Outcome Document of the WCIP, adopted by the UN General Assembly, defines a series of commitments to be undertaken by States in order to respect, promote and advance the rights of indigenous peoples and to uphold the principles of the Declaration.
These commitments are generally related to advance the rights enshrined in UNDRIP, and the majority of WCIP commitments can therefore be monitored directly by the indicators selected for monitoring UNDRIP in the Indigenous Navigator framework.
Where necessary, a few additional indicators have been added to the framework, to assess compliance with specific WCIP commitments such as, for example, the development and implementation of national action plans, strategies or other measures, to achieve the ends of the UNDRIP.
In this way, the Indigenous Navigator framework can be used to establish a baseline and regularly monitor progress with regards to States’ implementation of their commitments enshrined in the WCIP outcome document.
Thereby, indigenous peoples can maximize the use of limited resources by pursuing multiple monitoring purposes in one single framework.
The WCIP indicator table presents State commitments for national-level implementation as reflected in the WCIP Outcome Document, and the indicators proposed to monitor their implementation.
It should be noted that the table:
- Does not include general policy statements, which do not have specific operational implications and are therefore difficult to monitor
- Does not include more vague expressions, to for example “recognize commitments by States” as mentioned in paragraphs 20 and 21, which address crucial issues of lands, territories and resources, but does not reflect clear and uniform commitments of States
- Does not reflect commitments to invite other bodies, such as the UN-system, treaty monitoring bodies or the Human Rights Council, to undertake certain actions.