Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is an indigenous Igorot from the Cordillera region of the Philippines and directs the Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education). A leader in advancing indigenous rights internationally, Tauli-Corpuz began her advocacy in the 70s when the World Bank and the Marcos regime tried to build a big dam in her peoples’ territory. Going beyond her own borders to help protect her people, she became active in advocating for the inclusion of indigenous rights in the policies of key international institutions. These included multinational mining companies, as well as the World Trade Organization, whose rules led to destructive natural resource extraction from indigenous lands. She served as president of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and in 2007 helped shepherd through the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). She has since led efforts to apply UNDRIP directly to decision-making by governments, most recently in the UN climate convention’s Cancun Agreements. She is also the co-author of Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples Resistance to Globalization (2007) with Jerry Mander, and is a Board Member, and former Chair of the International Forum on Globalization. On 2 June 2014 on, she assumed responsibilities as the third UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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