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Criteria for the selection of Beneficiaries of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations

1. According to General Assembly resolution 40/131, the only beneficiaries of assistance from the Fund shall be representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations and communities:

i) Who are so considered by the Board of Trustees;

ii) Who would not, in the opinion of the Board, be able to attend meetings without the assistance provided by the Fund;

iii) Who would be able to contribute to a deeper knowledge on these mechanisms and bodies of the problems affecting indigenous peoples and who would secure a broad geographical representation.

2. In addition, the Secretary-General approved the following criteria upon recommendation by the Board:

(a) A travel grant approved by the Secretariat is given on an individual basis. An organization or beneficiary cannot request that a beneficiary be replaced by another one, except under exceptional circumstances, time permitting and upon approval by the Secretariat;

(b) The representatives and the organizations applying for a grant should be indigenous;

(c) The Board does not consider applications which do not provide a letter of recommendation signed by an executive of their indigenous organization. The Board will not examine a letter signed by the applicant herself/himself;

(d) The Board only considers a maximum of 2 applicants per organization;

(e) Applicants are requested to submit application forms and recommendation letters in the working languages of the Board's secretariat (English, French or Spanish); Applications in other languages will not be considered by the Board of Trustees.

(f) The Board selects both, representatives who have never participated in a session of a Permanent Forum or Expert Mechanism and representatives who already participated and could develop specialized capacity and strengthen the core group of participants in Permanent Forum or Expert Mechanism;

(g) The Board encourages indigenous organizations and communities to consider gender balance and, if possible, propose one woman and one man;

(h) The Board encourages indigenous organizations and communities to consider nominating young persons;

(i) The Board encourages the former beneficiaries of the OHCHR Indigenous Fellowship Programme to apply for grants to represent their indigenous organization or community at sessions of the Permanent Forum or Expert Mechanism by sending duly filled in application forms and meeting all the criteria for selection;

(j) Applicants are requested to indicate their responsibility in their organization or community;

(k) Applicants to the session of the Permanent Forum or Expert Mechanism are requested to refer in their statements to the specific theme of the year.

(l) The Board confirmed its practice according to which it will give priority to applicants living in their own community and country vis a vis applicants living abroad.

3. Additional criteria that only apply to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:

In accordance with ECOSOC resolution 2000/22 "…non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Council may participate as observers; organizations of indigenous people may equally participate as observers in accordance with the procedures which have been applied in the Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protections of Human Rights".

According to the ECOSOC resolution 2000/22, the Permanent Forum has a mandate to discuss indigenous issues within the mandate of the Council relating to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. Applicants must therefore refer in their statements to these issues.

4. Additional criteria that only apply to the Treaty bodies:

(a) Applicants must have knowledge and understanding of relevant procedures of the UN Treaty Bodies.

(b) Applicants must have knowledge and understanding about issues and problems on the Indigenous peoples concerned, which are relevant to the respective Treaty Body.

(c) Applicants must have knowledge and understanding of national laws as well as international and Indigenous human rights standards;

(d) In addition to the criteria for selection of applicants of the Voluntary Fund, applicants must abide by the specific rules and procedures of each Treaty Body.

5. Additional criteria that only apply to the Human Right Council:

(a) Applicants must have knowledge and understanding of relevant procedures of the Human Rights Council.

(b) Applicants must have knowledge and understanding about issues and problems on the Indigenous peoples concerned, which are relevant to the Human Rights Council.

(c) Applicants must have knowledge and understanding of the Universal Periodic Review and Special Procedures mechanisms of the Human Rights Council

(d) Applicants must provide proof of the ECOSOC status of the NGO they represent and a written confirmation of accreditation by an NGO with the ECOSOC status.

6. Additional criteria that only apply to the Universal Period Review:

(a) Applicants must have knowledge and understanding of relevant human rights mechanisms and procedures of the Human Rights Council, in particular the Universal Periodic Review.

(b) Applicants must have knowledge and understanding about issues and problems of the Indigenous peoples concerned, which can be demonstrated by the engagement of the sponsoring organization in the process leading to the review of the concerned state.

(c) Applicants must demonstrate the development of a strategy in order to monitor the implementation of the recommendations issued by the Human Rights Council during the review.

(d) Applicants must provide proof of the ECOSOC status of the NGO they represent and/or written confirmation of accreditation by an NGO with the ECOSOC status.

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Dear Sir/Madam

We are from Nepal and most rural parts of Nepal Karnali Jumla. We want to work with you for the local organizational with the indigenous group of Karnali zone. Most dalit, Badli(Low cast and econically backwards groups. So we want to submit proposal to you. Please consider us as a social worker in Jumla.

We are young and professional social Worker from Jumla with getting (BSW) course in Nepal. So , kindly give us oportunity to make change and make future of those needy indigeneous people.

Email:ganeshbc17@gmail.com

Thank you!

Regards!

Ganesh Budha 

President (Social Integration for Community Development(SUCDN-Nepal) Jumla.

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