CPA'S INTERNATIONAL WORK
its formation, CPA has committed itself to establishing friendly and
principled relations with overseas indigenous peoples’ organizations,
advocate groups, and progressive individuals and institutions.
In 1987, CPA organized and hosted the first Asian
Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Conference, which led to the establishment
of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). This organization remains
as a major Asian IP formation, and CPA is presently in its executive
committee as represented by its Chairperson.
CPA also organized and hosted the First Asian
Indigenous Women’s Conference in January 1990, which led to the
formation of the Asia Indigenous Women’s Network (AIWN).
CPA is also a founding member of the International
Alliance of Indigenous/Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forest (
known as International Alliance of IPs),
which was formally established in 1993.
Likewise, CPA maintains strong solidarity relations
with numerous IP advocate groups based in countries of the global North.
In line with its international lobby and advocacy
work, CPA regularly participates in the annual meeting of the United
Nations Working Group on Indigenous Issues, and the sessions of the
United Nations Working Group on the draft Declaration of Indigenous
Peoples’ Rights. Likewise, it actively participates in the annual
sessions of the United Nations Permanent Forum on indigenous issues
since the forum was established in 2001.
CPA sponsored an Asian Human Rights Training
on International Human Rights Instruments in October 2002, in partnership
with the Saami Council based in Norway.
In line with its advocacy
against large dams, CPA hosted the Second Meeting of the Rivers
Watch, East and Southeast Asia (RWESA) in February 2002, and is currently
the facilitator of this network opposed to large dams and for the protection
of rivers and people’s livelihood.
CPA also participated actively in processes of
the World Commission on Dams (WCD) and is a member of the Dams and Development
Forum of Dams and Development Project of the United Nations Environment
Program (UNEP). On the basis of its advocacy
and campaigns against large dams and commercial mining, CPA maintains
very broad linkages and partnerships at the international level.
Since 2002, CPA has also been participating in the World Social Forum as the biggest gathering
of anti-globalization civil society organizations and institutions,
organizing its own events with other IP organizations. It also participated
in the NGO parallel events during the 2003 Cancun Meeting of the World
CPA seeks to unite with all anti-imperialist
groups and organizations. It is a member of the International League
of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS), an anti-imperialist formation at
the international level.