Thematic Workshop “Indigenous Peoples in the Information Society” - 11 May 2010

© ITU/S. Dubouchet

11 May 2010 (11:15-13:00); ITU, Room M, Geneva, Switzerland

The WSIS outcomes set an ambitious agenda for building a “development oriented global inclusive information society” which would respect, support and enhance indigenous peoples’ cultural diversity, human rights, and self-determined development. Almost seven years later and in consideration of the adoption by the UN General Assembly in 2007 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), this thematic workshop reviewed progress made, identified gaps and brainstorm on possible ways forward. 

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) recognizes indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination according to which they freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. In this spirit, it furthermore acknowledges indigenous peoples’ right to establish their own media in their own languages and to have access to all forms of non-indigenous media without discrimination. WSIS implementation mechanisms could therefore become instrumental in implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

In light of the above, the thematic workshop on Indigenous Peoples in the Information Society: 

  • Gave a short overview of the development of Indigenous Peoples’ issues in light of the WSIS outcomes and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Exchanged experiences of ICT projects for and with Indigenous Peoples.
  • Shared ideas on possibilities of advancing the WSIS commitments as it relates to Indigenous Peoples.


  • Dev Kumar, Sub-Editor of The Kathmandu Post
  • Kamal Naim, Head, Electronic Publishing and the IT Unit, Information Services Section, UN-HABITAT/Nairobi
  • Teanau Tuiono, Local and Indigenous Knowledge Section, Science Sector, UNESCO
  • Sasha Rubel, Section of Policies for Culture, Culture Sector,UNESCO
  • Roxanne Widmer-Iliescu, focal point for assistance to indigenous peoples, ITU

Sasha Rubel (s.rubel(at)
and Teanau Tuiono (t.tuiono(at)

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