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Technical secretariatA space provided by Docip to indigenous delegates during international conferences

Technical secretariat


A space provided by Docip to indigenous delegates during international conferences

To be a Docip volunteer involves putting one’s skills at the service of indigenous delegates during their participation in the UN arena.

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The technical secretariat

Docip's technical secretariat provides technical support to indigenous representatives who take part in sessions from ECOSOC consultative bodies, HRC, subsidiary bodies and intergovernmental United Nations bodies working on indigenous issues.

The services provided by Docip's technical secretariat aim at guaranteeing that indigenous peoples can effectively participate in the decisions that are relevant to them. Those services are offered within the framework of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People (EMRIP), the Business and Human Rights Forum, the World Intellectual Property Organization's Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, and some of the Human rights Council's sessions.

Docip's technical secretariat's activities are implemented in partnership with the secretariat the below-mentioned bodies and include:

Translation and interpretation

These language services are provided in English, French, Spanish and Russian and their goal is to help indigenous representatives (who come from the seven social and cultural regions of indigenous peoples) present their situation, exchange and actively participate in the negotiations and discussions around the topics that concern them.

Interpretation services are provided to indigenous delegates for sessions and side events, daily preparatory meetings (commonly referred to as "Indigenous Caucuses") and all sorts of formal or informal bilateral meetings as part of the of the above-mentioned UN bodies.

Translation services are provided to indigenous peoples' representatives for the translation of their declarations (individual or collective) and of any other documents relevant to those mechanisms (reports, concept notes, articles, presentations etc.)

Providing working spaces

Meeting rooms are provided by Docip's TS before and during the sessions so indigenous peoples' representatives can meet together or with key stakeholders.

Working spaces are also provided by the TS to indigenous delegates during the sessions which gives them access to computers and printers. Those spaces also serve as information and support points where indigenous delegates have access to information documents and publications in English, French, Spanish and Russian and can request support from Docip during the conferences.

Providing informational documents on bodies and sessions

Docip's technical secretariat publishes informational documents to present the UN and the international bodies that have been put in place to defend the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and updates those documents every year based on the themes chosen for those yearly sessions. These documents are published in French, English, Spanish and Russian and also explain the steps indigenous delegates should take to take part in these sessions and the administrative protocols they should follow.

Mobile secretariat

Funds permitting, and upon request from indigenous representatives, this service can be provided during international conferences that are outside of the above described framework of action. Over the past few years, Docip has provided technical secretariat services during some of the UNFCCC sessions.