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“Indigenous people must be part of the solution to climate change. This is because you have the traditional knowledge of your ancestors. The important value of that knowledge simply cannot—and must not—be understated. You are also essential in finding solutions today and in the future. The Paris Climate Change Agreement recognizes this. It recognizes your role in building a world that is resilient in the face of climate impacts.”
— Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

The platform has been established to strengthen the knowledge, technologies, practices, and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples related to addressing and responding to climate change, to facilitate the exchange of experience and the sharing of best practices and lessons learned on mitigation and adaptation in a holistic and integrated manner and to enhance the engagement of local communities and indigenous peoples in the UNFCCC process.

Functions of the Platform

  1. Knowledge: the platform promotes the exchange of experience and best practices with a view to applying, strengthening, protecting and preserving traditional knowledge, knowledge of indigenous peoples and local knowledge systems, as well as technologies, practices and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples related to addressing and responding to climate change, taking into account the free, prior and informed consent of the holders of such knowledge, innovations and practices;

  2. Capacity for engagement: the platform builds the capacity of indigenous peoples and local communities to enable their engagement in the UNFCCC process as well as the capacity of Parties and other relevant stakeholders to engage with the platform and with local communities and indigenous peoples, including in the context of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and other climate change related processes;

  3. Climate change policies and actions: the platform facilitates the integration of diverse knowledge systems, practices and innovations in designing and implementing international and national actions, programmes and policies in a manner that respects and promotes the rights and interests of local communities and indigenous peoples. The platform also facilitates the undertaking of stronger and more ambitious climate action by indigenous peoples and local communities that could contribute to the achievement of the nationally determined contribution of the Parties concerned.

Next steps

  • Nominations for the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform Facilitative Working Group(Deadline 28 February 2019);

  • First meeting of the Facilitative Working Group (14 - 16 June, 2019) in conjunction with the fiftieth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) in Bonn, Germany.

  • thematic in-session workshop, in conjunction with SBSTA 50 (19 June 2019), on enhancing the participation of local communities, in addition to indigenous peoples, in the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform;

  • Activities related to the implementation of all three functions of the Platform, at each session of the SBSTA until the workplan is adopted;

  • The Facilitative Working Group, under the incremental approach, will propose an initial two-year workplan for the period 2020-2021 for implementing the functions of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform for consideration by SBSTA 51.

Source: UNFCCC (link)

Katowice Climate Change Conference COP 24/ CMP 14/ CMA 1.3

Katowice, Poland 2–14 December 2018

The UN climate summits, i.e. so called COP (Conference of the Parties) are global conferences, in the course of which action for climate policy is negotiated. Poland hosted them twice - in 2008, in Poznań and in 2013, in Warsaw. In December 2018, for the first time, the climate summit will take place in Katowice. more info

Overview schedule (v.31 October 2018)

Joint reflections note by the presiding officers of the APA, the SBSTA and the SBI (15 Oct. 2018) 

Notification to Parties and observer States - United Nations Climate Change Conference, Katowice, Poland, 2 - 14 December 2018

Session information

Information for participants (A-Z) || Side-events and exhibits

Session pages:

COP 24 | CMP 14CMA 1-3 || SBSTA 49SBI 49APA 1-7

Provisional agendas and annotations: COP 24 | CMP 14 | SBSTA 49 | SBI 49 

Agendas and annotation: CMA 1-3 | APA 1-7

UNFCCC Documents: here

For additional Information and Documents related to the Indigenous Caucus, see

Synopsis: This community friendly animation video explains the basic concept of climate change and its disproportionate impacts to Indigenous Peoples (IP). It elaborates on the international agreement to mitigate the impacts of climate change, particularly REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and the key concerns of indigenous peoples. The video also highlights the collective rights of indigenous peoples enshrined in United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Another highlight of the video is on the roles and contributions of indigenous women in the natural resource management.

Length of video: 17 minutes

Produced by: Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Foundation

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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.

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