The round-table Knowledge Cafe sets out a series of perspectives related to UN norms and standards, the implementation of UNDRIP in Africa, the role of the UNPFII, the role of IPACC, and the IUCN´s advisory role. The overall aim is to explore how to improve the World Heritage nominations process in Africa, focussing on indigenous institutions as a key component to equitable governance and decision making in cooperation with the National state party and its agencies involved in the design of World Heritage nominations.
UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP 2007) Articles 26, 29, Article 32, 36 relate to the rights of indigenous peoples relative to their lands, resources and environment. The African States have been growing their capacity to nominate and sustain World Heritage Sites under the 1972 UNESCO Convention. The challenge in some of the nominations is how consultations are done in the preparatory phase, and integrating local stewards and institutions with national Protected Areas agencies. With the rise of an organised indigenous peoples´ rights movement in Africa and the adoption of UNDRIP, the procedures and norms for World Heritage need to be reviewed.
The UN Permanent Forum (UNPFII) is mandated by UNDRIP to support dialogue with States and UN agencies on how to implement UNDRIP. Mr Kanyinke Sena, an Ogiek lawyer and member of the UNPFII for Africa, has been mandated to engage with the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. This process has involved support from IUCN, including the World Heritage Division, Social Policy Division, and TILCEPA (WCPA-CEESP).
Mr Kanyinke Sena (Ogiek, Kenya) - African indigenous representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues;
Mme Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim (M'bororo, Chad) - coordinatrice de l'Association des Femmes Peules Autochtones du Tchad;
M. Aboubacar Albachir (Tuareg, Niger), Vice Sultan of Aïr, Association Tunfa;
Mr Leo Niskanen (Kenya), Protected Areas programme for IUCN East & Southern Africa;
Mr Peter Bille Larsen (Denmark / Switzerland), IUCN Consultant on World Heritage procedures;
Session Chair: Dr Nigel Crawhall, Chair of TILCEPA
La séance sera en anglais et français avec l'interpretation informelle.