The Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion at COP 23 is a dedicated gathering space that facilitates the effective representation of indigenous peoples, allowing them to coordinate, advocate and convene events (presentations, policy dialogues, panel discussions, publication launches, etc.) that advance the discourse on indigenous peoples’ solutions to climate change. The Pavilion is planned and programmed by a team of indigenous representatives from the seven regions of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IPFCC) - Africa, the Arctic, Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, North America, the Pacific, and Russia & Eastern Europe, and this year will focus on showcasing indigenous peoples’ initiatives on climate change adaptation and mitigation through their own traditional knowledge.
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About the IIPFCC
The International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) was established in 2008, as the caucus for indigenous peoples participating in the UNFCCC processes. The IIPFCC represents the caucus members who attend the official UNFCCC COPs and intersessions of the SBSTA/SBI bodies in between COPs. Its mandate is to come into agreement specifically on what IPs will be negotiating for in specific UNFCCC processes.
Climate change impacts
Indigenous peoples (IP) are among the first to face the direct consequences of climate change. Given their widespread reliance on natural resources and ecosystems, indigenous peoples and local communities are especially vulnerable to, and disproportionately impacted by, its effects. Changes in temperature or rainfall can have an outsized effect on these communities, resulting in loss of land or resources, or in the worst of cases, even violent conflict.