The Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for the Indigenous Peoples was established through resolution 40/131 of December 13, 1985, of the UN General Assembly.
The resolution requested the secretary-general to appoint a Board of Trustees of five members with relevant experience on issues affecting indigenous peoples for three years renewable term.
They are to advise the secretary-general on the administration of the fund and also deal with other objectives of the fund.
Pyagbara was appointed alongside four others to serve in the board between January this year and December 2017.
According to Bari-ara Kpalap, the Media/Public Affairs Advisor to the MOSOP president, Pyagbara was appointed in recognition of his expertise in the field of indigenous rights and his contributions to such issues.
He said the UN gesture was undoubtedly a reflection of recognition for diligence, passion and commitment to the cause of indigenous peoples and pledged MOSOP’s support and cooperation with efforts by the world body to ensure peace, equity, fairness and justice in the world.
“The appointment, which was made in recognition of the MOSOP leader’s expertise in the field of indigenous rights and the significant contributions he has made on indigenous issues, covers the period of January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2017,” he stated.