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AIPP expands its members and elects its set of leaders

AIPP expands its members and elects its set of leaders
(The 6th General Assembly of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact –AIPP)

The 6th General Assembly (GA) of AIPP was successfully held from 8-12 September 2012 in Chiang Mai. Thailand. The theme was “Consolidating AIPP in advancing the movements of Indigenous Peoples in Asia”.  This gathering had 123 delegates representing 38 member-organisations from 13 countries of Asia, AIPP officials and secretariat, donors, observers and interpreters.
The major highlights of the achievements of the 6th GA are as follows:
  • Adoption of the new AIPP Constitution and Bylaws: This was based from the AIPP Charter and working guidelines with new provisions that strengthen the governance bodies and sub-regional formations.
  • Approval of 16 candidate members as regular members making the total number of AIPP members to 44 organizations in 14 countries: These members are largely from indigenous women organizations, the Mekong sub-region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand), and North East India.
  • Consolidation of the AIPP sub-regions from 6 to 4 based on geopolitical realities and commonalities of issues. The four sub-regions are 1.East Asia (Japan/Rukyus, Taiwan/China), 2.South East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Timore Leste), 3.Mekong (Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam and Myanmar) and 4. South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, India, North East India)
  • Election of the expanded Executive Council (EC) from 7 to 12: These are from representatives of the four sub-regions (8 representatives) one from the youth, one from the women and the unanimous reelection of the Chairperson Mr. Famark Hlawnching and the Secretary General, Joan Carling for another term of four years. There are six men and six women, achieving a gender balance in the Executive Council. The EC is the highest governing body of AIPP in between General Assembly every four years.
  • Adoption of the new AIPP Gender Policy: This Policy aims to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment are ethical and political principles that shall guide the organization in its governance and programmes, and implementation mechanisms as well as the general work culture of the organization.
  • Adoption of the Strategic Programme of AIPP for 2013-2016: The draft strategic programme was further enriched through the sub-regional workgroups of the General Assembly with the identification of key issues and strategies at the sub-regional and regional levels.
  • Direct interaction with AIPP donors: a one-day exchange with eight (8) partners and donors of AIPP was held after the GA. From the workgroups, concrete recommendations were made in line with enhancing ownership, alignment and harmonization of donor support to AIPP, addressing long-term capacity-building needs of AIPP and enhancing sustainability of programme implementation.
AIPP extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to all partners, donors, advocates and friends of AIPP. The achievements of AIPP and the successful conduct of the 6th GA would not have been possible without  their support and cooperation.
The consolidated sub-regions and the new officials of AIPP are as follows: 
SL. No
Sub-regions of AIPP
EC Representatives and their organization
No. of EC
1
East Asia:
Japan, [Rukyus] and Taiwan/China
Mr. Yupo Abe, Ainu Peoples’ Council (APC), Japan
1
2
South East Asia:
Philippines, Timor Leste, Indonesia and Malaysia
Ms. Jill Carino, Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), Philippines
Mr. Thomas Jalong, JOAS- National Network of Indigenous Peoples of Malaysia
2
3
Mekong:
Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma/Myanmar
Ms. Souknida Yongchialorsaotouky, Gender Development Association, Lao PDR
Ms. Chutima Morleaku,
2
4
South Asia:
Nepal, Mainland India, Bangladesh and NE India
Mr. Binota Moy Dhamai, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum
Mr. Neingulo Krome, Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR)
Ms. Pushpa Toppo, Adivasi Women’s Network, India
3

SUBTOTAL

8
5
Chairperson
Mr. Famark Hlawnching, Chin Human Rights Organization
1
6
Secretary General
Ms. Joan Carling
1
7
Women Representative
Ms. Anne Lasimbang, Partners of  Community  Organizations ( PACOS TRUST), Malaysia
1
8
Youth Representative
Mr.Sochea Pheap, Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association (CIYA)
1

SUBTOTAL

4

TOTAL

12

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