Forum programme 2003

Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples
Forum conference 2003:

”Indigenous Rights: Focus on the UN system. Cases from Asia”

Program. For more information:

Wednesday 08.10.2003

20.00: Reception at Kaiskur 4. Kaiskur 4 is located at the harbour between the places of arrival for Hurtigruta (the Coastal ship) and the High-Speed Crafts, close to Roald Amundsensplass, south of Radisson SAS hotel.

Thursday 09.10.2003

Opening of conference
09.00-09.30: Registration, Auditorium Maximum at the Administration building on the University campus.
09.30-09.45: Opening by:
University of Tromsø: Jarle Aarbakke.
Centre for Sami Studies: Bård A Berg.
The advisory board of the Forum: Sidsel Saugestad.

Indigenous Rights: Focus on the UN system
09.45-10.45: Rodolfo Stavenhagen. UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedom of indigenous peoples:
“Indigenous human rights in international perspective”. Questions.
10.45-11.15: Coffee
11.15-12.15: Martin Scheinin. Member of the Human Rights Committee, established under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights:
“Economic sustainability and development as an element of indigenous peoples’ rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights”. Questions
12.15-13.15: Lunch.
13.15-14.45 Discussion. Discussant: Henry Minde.
14.45-15.15: Coffee.
15.00-15.15: Book release at Akademisk Kvarter: Indigenous Peoples Resource Management and Global Rights

Forum update, Part 1
15.15-16.15: Magne Ove Varsi. Resource Centre for Rights of Indigenous Peoples: “Challenges in disseminating information on indigenous rights”.
Brian Phillips. Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA):
”CIDA – Towards Partnership with Indigenous Peoples”.
Georges Midre. Maya Competence Building: “Report from Guatemala”.

18.00: Dinner at Radisson SAS hotel.

Friday 10.10.2003:

Indigenous Rights: Cases from Asia
09.15-10.15: Chandra Roy. Jumma Peoples Network: “Impact of Development in the Chittagong Hill Tracts: Ways forward”. Questions.
10.15-10.30: Coffee
10.30-11.30: Wiveca Stegeborn: “Understanding Human Rights: Barriers in understanding and communication between the Wanniyala-Aetto of Sri Lanka and the international community”. Questions.
11.30-12.00: Discussion. Discussant Rodolfo Stavenhagen.
12.00-13.00: Lunch.

Indigenous Rights: Focus on the UN system, Part 2
13.00-14.00: Ole Henrik Magga. Leader of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:
“The Permanent Forum and the UN system”. Questions.
14.00-14.30: Coffee

Forum update, Part 2
14.30-15.15: Sidsel Saugestad. Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples: “Land-claims in Southern-Africa: Achievements and Aspirations”.
Geir Tommy Pedersen. Saami Council: “Indigenous People to Indigenous People Cooperation”.

15.15-15.30: Closure of the conference.