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John P. Bell Global Indigenous Rights Lecture with Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a Kankana-ey from Besao, Mt. Province, northern Philippines is an indigenous leader, social development consultant, civic leader, human rights expert, and an advocate of women's rights. She is the founder and executive director of Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Center for Policy Research and Education), a global indigenous institution based in Baguio City, Philippines. She is currently the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

After finishing nursing in the University of the Philippines, Manila, she enrolled in Masters of Humanities, Major in Women's Studies, St. Scholastica's College, Manila. Her interests in social development made her enroll in a short course program in Schumacher College, Devon, UK.

Ms. Tauli-Corpuz has occupied various positions here and abroad. She was the former Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the highest advisory body on indigenous issues within the United Nations system, from 2005-2009. She was an Expert for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations. She was a former commissioner of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women. She was a Philippine government delegate to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change as REDD Plus lead negotiator, and was a co-chair of the conventions working group on REDD Plus under its Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA).

Ms. Tauli-Corpuz founded and managed various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in social awareness raising, the promotion of indigenous peoples' and women's rights, and research and development work. She was the convenor of the Asian Indigenous Womens Network and the Indigenous Peoples Global Partnership on Climate Change, Forests and Sustainable Development. She sits in the board of several international environmental and rights organizations.

A prolific writer, she has authored, co-authored and co-edited several publications on indigenous human rights, sustainable development and women empowerment and social roles, including Reclaiming Balance (2004), Beyond the Silencing of the Guns (2005), Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples Resistance to Economic Globalization (2006), Good Practices on Indigenous Peoples Development (2006), Guide on Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples (2009, 2010), Indigenous Peoples Self-Determined Development (2010), among others.

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