Mexican indigenous becomes a member of the UN

By Fernanda Duque Hernández

Jesus Fuentes Blanco was elected as expert of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The Mixtec Jesus Fuentes Blanco was chosen by the United Nations (UN) as expert of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, informed the Interior Ministry (SEGOB) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) of Mexico.

United Nations flagOriginal Image: “United Nations flag”, by: sanjitbakshi, used under CC BY 2.0 license, via Flickr.

This international forum is integrated by 16 members; the first half of the group is nominated by governments while the other is chosen by different indigenous organizations from around the world. The Mexican will hold the job for two years from January 1st 2017 to December 31st 2019.

Due to Fuentes Blanco’s wide experience on indigenous issues, the Mexican Foreign Ministry nominated him last December; the proposal was discussed by the UN between January and March 2016.

United Nations HeadquartersOriginal Image: “United Nations Headquarter”, by: potos_mweber, used under CC BY NC 2.0 license, via Flickr.

As President of the Advisory Council of the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous People, Jesus Fuentes has a wide experience in public policies in favor of original towns at national and international levels.

To have a Mexican expert on indigenous issues in the UN will be crucial to aim the discussion on the implementation of the Final Document of the World Conference on Indigenous People in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, a commitment made by the president, Enrique Peña Nieto”, stated the SRE at a press release.

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