AIWO attends meetings and conferences in Africa and worldwide to give indigenous peoples a voice and representation where the interests of indigenous and minority peoples are at stake. Part of AIWO’s mandate is to involve itself in the regional, national and international processes that affect the lives of indigenous and minority peoples, especially on issues of environment and development such as food, climate change, habitat, health and education. AIWO also does capacity building with indigenous groups to empower them to participate effectively in meetings and conferences, and become advocates for their own communities. Advocacy is vital in spreading awareness of indigenous struggles and securing rights worldwide. These are some of the advocacy activities which AIWO has undertaken in recent years.
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Conference on the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Conference on the Ramsar Convention
Other meetings, conferences and forums in which AIWO takes part:
Commission on Sustainable Development (annual)
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (annual)
Commission on the Status of Women