Friday, March 21, 2014

Mexico: Preparatory Meeting for UN HLPM Postponed

The Mexican government announced that it has postponed until further notice the preparatory meeting for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 (WCIP 2014), which was to be held from March 31 to April 2. 

Through a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the event, scheduled to take place in the capital, has as objective to contribute to the discussion of the outcome of WCIP 2014, to be held on 22 and 23 September 2014 at the UN General Assembly. 

The decision was taken because the process of negotiating the final document of the Conference, which should take place in New York, has not been scheduled due to matters of a procedural nature, the agency said.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the postponement of the meeting also is in response to the representatives of the various regions of the country and indigenous caucuses who have expressed concern about the lack of clarity on the modalities of their participation in the process. 

The Government of Mexico has expressed on several occasions its commitment to support the preparatory process for the Conference and strongly believes in supporting the inclusion and participation of indigenous peoples in initiatives that affect them and their responsibilities, says the text. 

According to the statement, the Executive expects that during the thirteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, to be held this May at the UN, all stakeholders will define the steps in the process towards the celebration of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
(Translation: TONATIERRA)

(Tranlator's Note: This Article never once makes reference to the official term of the UN High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly 2014 (aka WCIP) which must be clarified in the text of the original document issued by the Government of Mexico, as to whether this OMMISSION is deliberate, or a political ploy via public media to diminish, discredit, or destroy the legitimate opposition of Indigenous Peoples to the UN High Level Plenary Meeting 2014 as a violation of the responsibilities and rights of Indigenous Peoples to full, effective, and equal participation in all processes that affect our Nations.)

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Courtesy Translation

México City., March 6, 2014

Excellency,

We refer to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 (WCIP 2014) to be held on September 22nd and 23rd 2014 in New York City; and particularly to the preparatory meeting for this Conference organized by the government of Mexico, scheduled from March 31st through April 2nd 2014 in Mexico City.
Considering that the negotiation process of the final document of the WCIP2014 has not yet taken place by reasons of procedural nature; and that the preparatory meeting in Mexico seeks to contribute to the substantive discussion of the final document; and also taking into account that the representatives of the different regions and indigenous caucuses have expressed their concerns about the status of their participation in this process, the Government of Mexico has decided to postpone, until further notice, the mentioned preparatory meeting.

The latter, in accordance with the responsible engagement of Mexico with the international indigenous agenda, as factually expressed throughout the preparatory process of the WCIP2014 as well as in other relevant processes for indigenous peoples, and with the conviction to support the inclusion and full and effective participation of indigenous peoples, in equal footing, within the negotiation process of the United Nations and other multilateral fora.

In this regard, Mexico considers that the 13th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, to be held next May, will be an important opportunity to assess, in consultation with indigenous peoples, the next steps towards the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Therefore, Mexico reaffirms its commitment to host the presessional meeting of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, scheduled from March 26th-28th in Mexico City.

We avail ourselves of this opportunity to renew to your Excellency the assurances of our highest consideration.

Ambassador Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo
Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Humans Rights
Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs


L.C. Nuvia Magdalena Mayorga Delgado
Director General
National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples
 
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mexico
El Gobierno mexicano anunció que se pospone hasta nuevo aviso la reunión preparatoria de la Conferencia Mundial sobre los Pueblos Indígenas 2014 (CMPI 2014), que se debía celebrar del 31 de marzo al 2 de abril. 

A través de un comunicado, la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores difundió que la cita, prevista para realizarse en esta capital, tiene como objetivo contribuir al proceso de discusión del documento final de la CMPI 2014, que se efectuará los días 22 y 23 de septiembre de 2014 en la Asamblea General de la ONU. 

La decisión se adopta porque el proceso de negociación del documento final de la Conferencia, que debe llevarse a cabo en Nueva York, no ha tenido lugar por cuestiones de carácter procedimental, explicó la dependencia. 

De acuerdo con la Cancillería, la postergación del encuentro también responde a que los representantes de las diversas regiones y cónclaves indígenas del país han manifestado su preocupación por la falta de claridad sobre las modalidades de su participación en dicho proceso. 

El Gobierno de México ha expresado en distintas ocasiones su compromiso de apoyar el proceso preparatorio de la Conferencia y tiene la firme convicción de apoyar la inclusión y participación de los pueblos indígenas en iniciativas que les afectan y competen, señala el texto. 

Según el comunicado el Ejecutivo espera que durante la XIII sesión del Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas, a celebrarse en mayo del presente en la ONU, todos los actores involucrados definan los pasos a seguir en el proceso hacia la celebración de la Conferencia Mundial sobre los Pueblos Indígenas.

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Nota del traductor:
(Este artículo no menciona ni una sola vez hace referencia al término oficial de la Reunión Plenaria de Alto Nivel de la ONU Asamblea General 2014 (aka CMPI) que debe ser aclarado en el texto del documento original expedido por el Gobierno de México, en cuanto a si este OMISIÓN es deliberada, o una estratagema política a través de los medios públicos a disminuir, desacreditar o destruir a la oposición legítima de los pueblos indígenas a la Reunión Plenaria de Alto Nivel de la ONU 2014 como una violación de las responsabilidades y derechos de los pueblos indígenas a la participación plena, efectiva, y con igualdad de  en todos los procesos que afectan a nuestras Naciones.)
TONATIERRA 

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C.c.p. Tracey Castro Whare. Secretariado del Grupo de Coordinaci6n lndfgena Global.

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