Andrea Carmen Executive Director International Indian Treaty Council (IITC)
Ms. Andrea Carmen, Yaqui Nation, began her work with the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) as a student intern in the San Francisco Office in 1976, has been a staff member since 1983 and became its Executive Director in 1992. Andrea was IITC’s team leader for work on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and has many years’ experience as a human rights trainer and observer around the world and.
In 1997 she was one of two Indigenous representatives invited to formally address the UN General Assembly for the first time in history at the UN Earth Summit +5. In 2006, Andrea was a rapporteur for the UN Expert Seminar on Indigenous Peoples’ Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources and their Relationship to Land, the first time an Indigenous woman had been selected to serve as a rapporteur for a UN expert seminar.
Andrea has been an expert presenter at various UN bodies and seminars on human rights, treaties, and treaty rights, cultural indicators, biological diversity, food sovereignty, and UN Sustainable Development Goals. She has also addressed indigenous peoples’ right to participate in decision-making, indigenous children under state custody including impacts of boarding and residential schools, climate change and human rights, reproductive and inter-generational health, international repatriation and cultural rights, indigenous languages and rights of the child, and indigenous children’s right to environmental health.
Andrea has served on a number of boards and advisory councils. In 2010 she one of two members from North America on the Global Steering Committee for the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) which coordinates indigenous peoples’ work with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. In February 2019 Andrea was selected by indigenous peoples, tribes and organizations in North America to serve as their representative on the new Facilitative Working Group for the development of the UNFCCC Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples’ Traditional Knowledge Exchange Platform for its first three years of operation.