The agreements reached during the two days of the meeting will materialize in the Ibero-American Action Plan for the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Ibero-American Declaration of Indigenous Peoples, documents that will be presented at the XXVI Ibero-American Summit in November this year.
The 'First Meeting of Ibero-American High Authorities and Indigenous Peoples' is organized by the Fund for the Development of the Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC), with the support of the Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID), the German Government Development Bank KfW, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, serving as Pro-Témpore Secretariat of the XXVI Ibero-American Summit.
This activity represents a great step forward for the incorporation of the demands and contributions of the Indigenous Peoples in the Ibero-American process, since they will participate and dialogue in parity with States.
During the inauguration, Aura Leticia Teleguario, Minister of Labor and Social Security of Guatemala and FILAC representative, highlighted the importance of this Meeting as "a space to weave a community, an inclusive Ibero-America that marks a milestone in the history of indigenous peoples" and Teleguario added that "the decision making on the development model must be shared".
María Andrea Albán Durán, Secretary for Ibero-American Cooperation of SEGIB, stressed that "it should be a permanent priority for governments to establish policies that ensure horizontal relationships based on justice and full social inclusion so that no one is left behind".
Myrna Cunningham, FILAC's president, emphasizes the historic opportunity to approve the Action Plan and the Declaration jointly, since "it shows that the indigenous movement has matured but also that there is a greater political will from governments of the region to reduce inequality and to eliminate racism and discrimination that have characterized history in the past".
This meeting is the last stop on a route initiated by FILAC in December 2017 including two important moments of consultation with Indigenous Peoples and Governments: the Subregional Meeting of Indigenous Peoples of Central America and Mexico (December 2017, Panama City) and the Subregional Meeting of Indigenous Peoples of South America (February 2018, Lima). This process has served to collect inputs in order to produce the documents resulting from this Meeting.
FILAC is an international public law body created in 1992 by the II Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Madrid (Spain) in order to support the processes of self-development and promotion of the rights of peoples, indigenous communities and organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean, whose governing and functioning bodies are based on equal relationships between States and Indigenous Peoples. FILAC is organizing the participation of indigenous peoples in the XXVI Ibero-American Summit in accordance with RESOLUTION XIV AG / FILAC / 005 of the XIV General Assembly of the institution held in Madrid from July 3rd to 6th 2017, by which it was agreed to promote a process leading to the preparation and adoption of an Ibero-American Action Plan for the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that incorporates the agreements and commitments of the member states in this area.