Dr Myrna Cunningham Kain
Former Chair, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and Patron of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014
Dr Myrna Cunningham Kain is an Indigenous Miskita woman from the community of Waspam, Nicaragua. She has extensive experience on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. She has been Secretary General of the Indigenous Inter-American Institute and has worked as a consultant to various multilateral, bilateral, governmental and non-governmental organizations on health, education, land, environment and natural resources, racial discrimination, evaluation mechanisms, and international human rights instruments on Indigenous Peoples, among others.
She coordinated the Continental Campaign of 500 Years of Indigenous, Black and Popular Resistance in 1992, and in recent decades has been an activist for individual and collective rights of women and men in the Indigenous communities in her country, the Organization of American States and the United Nations.
Dr Cunningham Kain is President of the Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples (CADPI), which is an organization working in areas of intercultural communication, cultural revitalisation, Indigenous women’s rights, and climate change and its impact on Indigenous communities.
Dr Cunningham Kain served as Chair of the UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues for the period 2011-2013.