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Indigenous Rights in the Plurinational State

18, 19 and 20 October 2010

Radisson Hotel

La Paz - Bolivia


The "International Seminar on Post-Constitutional Bolivia" is a space for discussion of the major trends affecting the formation of a plurinational Bolivia, from the perspective of indigenous rights. The first event was held in October 2009 and addressed three themes: land, territory and indigenous autonomies. Ten national and 17 international speakers presented their research and expertise to the gathering of nearly 900 people in attendance. Fundación TIERRA, with the support of the International Land Coalition (ILC), organized the event as part of its institutional mandate to seek and promote opportunities for collective reflection on indigenous rights, land and territory, and rural development.

This second event was organized in light of the massive interest in last year’s gathering. On this occasion, Fundación TIERRA invited the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the German Development Service (DED), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - Bolivia (UNHCR) to join the initiative as it is in the interest of these organizations to promote the implementation of collective rights, as set forth in Convention 169 of the ILO and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It will also participate in the thematic roundtables, the “Platform for the creation and implementation of indigenous autonomies," led by the Ministry of Autonomy.


The International Seminar is designed as a public and pluralistic platform for dialogue and collective reflection that can bring together researchers, public policy makers and leaders of indigenous peoples of Bolivia and other countries.

The overall objective is to contribute to dialogue and national debate on Bolivia after the new Constitution, with emphasis on addressing the rights of indigenous peoples and to contribute to development with equity and inclusion.

Specific objectives:

  • Present the main ideas and contributions on indigenous issues and the design of the plurinational state of Bolivia.
  • Facilitate the exchange of ideas and specific discussions with lectures, panels, symposia and eight thematic working groups (two parallel tables every half day).
  • Collect, systematize and disseminate the main findings so they can be sources of reference for future action.


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