KATHMANDU, December 24: United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres has appointed Indigenous Television's Chairperson Dev Kumar Sunuwar as a member of the Advisory Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples, as per General Assembly resolution 40/131.
Sunuwar has been selected as a representative of Indigenous Peoples of the Asia-Pacific region to advise the UN General Secretary on the use of the Fund for a three-year tenure (January 2021-December 2023).
Sunuwar is the second Nepali to be appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples. Previously, human rights attorney Shankar Limbu had served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fund.
Sunuwar was a fellow at the headquarters of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland in 2010. Sunuwar is currently working as the Asia-Pacific region coordinator for Cultural Survival, a United States-based non-profit organization dedicated to defending the rights of Indigenous Peoples.