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18 JULY 2008
NCIP CHAIR ELECTED TO UN FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES
NEW YORK—The Philippines again made its presence felt in the United Nations with the election this week of Chairman Eugenio A. Insigne of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
In its report to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, the Philippine Mission to the UN said that Chairman Insigne was elected during the 32nd meeting of the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the 2008 Substantive Section of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN.
Ambassador Hilario G. Davide, Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN, said that with his election Chairman Insigne will be among 16 independent experts who will make up the Permanent Forum—an advisory body to the ECOSOC, with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.
The Permanent Forum, which was established by ECOSOC resolution 2000/22 on 28 July 2000, is called upon to provide expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the UN system through the Council; raise awareness and promote the integration and coordination of relevant activities within the UN system; and prepare and disseminate information on indigenous issues.
Ambassador Davide said Chairman Insigne successfully ran against Ambassador Berenado Vunibobo, Permanent Representative of Fiji, to serve the unexpired term of the Asian representative, Ms. Xiaomei Qin of China from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2010.
A former government prosecutor and sectoral representative in Congress for indigenous peoples, Chairman Insigne was appointed to the NCIP in 2007 and was a member of the Philippine Delegation to various UN meetings in New York and Geneva.
Chairman Insigne's election followed that of Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan, Philippine Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, who was elected chairman of the preparatory meeting of the Economic and Social Committee of the 15th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement to be held in Tehran later this month.
Last month, two other Filipino diplomats, Second Secretary Elmer Cato and Second Secretary Patrick Chuasoto were elected vice chairman of the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) and rapporteur of the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) respectively of the 63rd Session of the UN General Assembly. ###
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