Latin America: Indigenous Peoples

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 25th April 2023.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to support indigenous communities in Latin America.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK regularly engages with indigenous leaders and civil society organisations across Latin America, including through our embassies and Ministerial visits. For example, in Brazil we are supporting local and indigenous people in the Amazon through International Climate Finance (ICF) programmes and have invested nearly £120 million of ICF since 2012, benefitting 19,593 families so far. In Colombia, our Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) programme has provided £69 million in support of peace agreement implementation, security, and stability in Colombia since 2015, and continues to prioritise funding interventions to protect indigenous communities.

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