The establishment of the Consultative Council of the Andean Community Indigenous Peoples  (Decision 674) as a consultative body within the framework of the Andean Integration System strengthened the participation of indigenous peoples in the subregional integration process. 

Functions

The functions and spheres of competence of this Council shall be the same as those the labor and business consultative councils have always had within the framework of the Andean Integration System.   The Council may express its opinion to the Andean Council of Foreign Ministers, the Commission or the Andean Community General Secretariat and may attend meetings of government experts or working groups dealing with matters associated with its activities.   

It shall also take charge of promoting the exchange, evaluation and dissemination of successful experiences and practices, organizational strengthening and, in general, cooperation between indigenous peoples and organizations, State institutions, and human rights organizations and civil society in the Andean subregion. 

Membership

The Consultative Council of the Andean Community Indigenous Peoples will be made up of an indigenous delegate and his or her alternate from each of the Member Countries, who will be elected from among the highest-level executives of national indigenous organizations using procedures and methods to be defined by each Andean country. 

A representative from each of the following regional organizations will also sit on the Council in the capacity of observer: the
Fund for the Development of the Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean; the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations in the Amazon Basin (COICA); the Andean Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations (CAOI) and the Continental Liaison Office for Indigenous Women in South America.

Background

In order to broaden the participation of civil society in the integration process, the Andean Council of Presidents, meeting at the Summit held in Machu Picchu in 2001, ordered the establishment of the Working Committee on Indigenous Peoples.

The Working Committee was formally installed on May 11, 2002 in Urubamba (Cusco), with the participation of representatives of indigenous organizations, government organizations, Public Defenders’ Offices and experts from the five CAN Member Countries.  On that occasion, the participants signed the “Act of Urubamba.”

The Working Committee never became operational.


 

 
   
At a meeting called “historic”
Consultative Council that will enable indigenous peoples to participate in the Andean integration process is installed

Lima, September 8, 2008
   
Decision 674: Consultative Council of the Andean Community Indigenous Peoples
   
Conclusions and recommendations of the First Forum of Indigenous Intellectuals and Researchers
Lima, July 6, 2007
   
First Forum of Indigenous Intellectuals and Researchers
Manifesto

Lima, July 6, 2007
   
Communiqué On the protection and recovery of inherited cultural goods of Andean Community Member Countries
Lima, July 6, 2007
   
CAN paves the way for the incorporation of indigenous thinking into the integration process
Lima, July 4, 2007
   
Decision 524: Working Group on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples