Multi-stakeholder workshop of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

"Join us for an open multi-stakeholder dialogue on implementing the functions of the local communities and indigenous peoples platform."

Detailed information about the workshop as follows: 

Co-moderators: Paul Watkinson, Chair of the SBSTA; and Roberto Múkaro Borrero (Taíno), representative of local communities and indigenous peoples organizations

Date: Tuesday (1 May, 2018) at 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00

Venue: World Conference Centre Bonn, Bonn Germany

Mandate: COP 23 (Decision 2/CP. 23, paragraph 9) decided that the first activity of the platform will be a multi-stakeholder workshop on implementing the functions of the platform, to be co-moderated by the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and a representative of local communities and indigenous peoples organizations, who will each make an equal contribution to the design of the workshop.

Agenda: Coming soon

Source: UNFCCC

IIPFCC Preparatory Meeting: 29 April 2018

IIPFCC preparatory meeting for SBSTA 48 is taking place on 29 April 2018 at Haus der Evangelischen Kirche Bonn at Adenauerallee 37, 53113 Bonn.

Please find the document below in EnglishEspañol, and Français, which provides instructions on how to reach the meeting venue. Special thanks to Karen Pfefferli at DOCIP and IWGIA for the translation of the documents and for supporting the Caucus. 

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Notice on Co-moderator for Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue in Bonn, May 2018

From the IIPFCC-GSC Co-chairs: In accordance with the proposed timeline, with a deadline of the 23rd of April, the regions had an opportunity to comment on the selection of Mr. Roberto Múkaro Borrero as co-moderator, and with the assumption that no objection is a signal of support, Mr. Borrero has been confirmed as the Co-moderator for the workshop to be held in exactly one week. Now we should be looking at the design and substance of this workshop, and we look to Roberto to start the process of gathering input from the regions. 

Terms of Reference for Co-Moderator
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An Update from the IIPFCC co-chairs on the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform at the UNFCCC

Pursuant to a decision at COP23 held in Bonn, German in 2017, Parties (governments) to the UNFCCC initiated the operationalization of the local communities and indigenous peoples platform, and decided that the overall purpose of the platform will be:

● 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;

The Parties also decided that the platform will deliver the following three functions:

(1) Promotion of knowledge through the exchange of experiences, technologies, practices taking into account the free, prior and informed consent of the knowledge holders;

(2) Building the capacities of indigenous peoples and local communities, and Parties to engage with the platform and the UNFCCC; and

(3) Facilitating the integration of knowledge systems, practices and innovations when implementing international and national actions, programmes and policies for a stronger and more ambitious climate action.

Additionally, at COP23, Parties recommended that the interests and views of local communities and indigenous peoples, as well as the principles proposed by indigenous peoples organizations be taken into account.

The principles proposed by the IIPFCCC and - after intense negotiations - accepted by the parties were:

● full and effective participation of indigenous peoples;

● equal status of indigenous peoples and Parties, including in leadership roles;

● self-selection of indigenous peoples representatives in accordance with indigenous peoples’ own procedures; and

● adequate funding from the secretariat and voluntary contributions to enable the implementation of the functions of the platform;

Further steps towards operationalization of the platform, will include a multi-stakeholder dialogue to be scheduled at the SBSTA 48 meeting (30 April – 10 May 2018), which will seek to define the role of a facilitating working group and a work plan. This dialogue will be co moderated by the Chair of SBSTA and a nominated indigenous representative.

The IIPFCC informed the Indigenous Peoples Caucus of this goal at the close of COP23 and that the IIPFCC-GSC will receive regional nominations for the co-moderator until 15. January 2018.

Three nominees from the regions were presented during this period including:

1.) Grace Balawag, Tebtebba Foundation (Nomination supported by the Asia Region)

2.) Estebancio Castro, (Nomination supported by the Latin American Region)

3.) Roberto Borrero, International Indian Treaty Council (Nomination supported by North America, the Arctic, Russia, and the Pacific Regions)

The African region has expressed support of a consensus selection and it is a goal of the IIPFCC to affirm the indigenous co-moderator by consensus.

As of 22. March, Asia has withdrawn their nomination, leaving two nominees - Estebancio Castro and Roberto Borrero.

The issue will be now be undertaken by the IIPFCC-GSC co-chairs who will seek to reach a final decision on the co-moderator by 17. April.

Kind regards

The co-chairs:

Runar Myrnes Balto; Lola Cabnal; Maina Talia

At COP23, Moving toward Greater Engagement with Indigenous Peoples

As an advisor to the Métis National Council, I was part of Canada’s delegation to the recent Twenty-third Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It took place November 6–17 in Bonn, Germany, and was presided over by Fiji.

The Métis National Council represents the Métis Nation at national and international levels. The Métis are one of three Indigenous peoples that are recognized in the Canadian Constitution. The Métis Nation is seeking a greater and more meaningful role in addressing and managing climate change. Nationally, this means engaging with the Canadian government on a nation-to-nation, government-to-government basis.

Internationally, this could mean attending international fora such as COP23 to participate in international climate change discussions. The Métis National Council’s objective for going to COP23 was to launch the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform. Paragraph 135 of Decision 1/CP.21, agreed in Paris during COP21, established the platform, which “recognizes the need to strengthen knowledge, technologies, practices and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples related to addressing and responding to climate change and establishes a platform for the exchange of experiences and sharing of best practices in mitigation and adaptation in a holistic and integrated manner.”

Climate change is a priority for the Métis Nation, whose relationship to the lands and resources on its traditional territory is at the core of Métis Nation identity. Métis people and other Indigenous peoples live and work on the land and feel the first effects of climate change. Water levels rising in the Pacific, ice melting in the Arctic, and forest fires and floods displacing people are but some examples. It is critical that the Indigenous peoples’ voices are heard, and the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform can be the vehicle for achieving this.

The International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) was established in 2008 as the caucus for Indigenous peoples participating in UNFCCC processes. This group was present at COP23. They are organized by seven regions: Africa, the Arctic, Asia, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pacific, and Russia and Eastern Europe. The IIPFCC worked long and hard to achieve consensus on launching the platform and I felt honoured to have met and worked with them throughout this process.

I worked closely with my counterparts from the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada (ICC Canada). We attended meetings with the IIPFCC, developing positions and trying to achieve consensus, observing informal negotiations, and participating in informal sessions and other side negotiations. Canada worked closely with the Métis National Council as well as with the AFN, the ITK and the ICC to develop negotiating positions. The negotiators worked hard to represent our interests.

After many twists and turns, the decision to begin operationalizing the platform was approved by COP23. The draft decision’s preamble recalls the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Peoples and emphasizes “the role of local communities and indigenous peoples in achieving the targets and goals set in the Convention, the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and recognizing their vulnerability to climate change.”

The platform will deliver knowledge, capacity for engagement and climate change policies and actions, as stated in the draft decision’s paragraph 6. Among other things, the knowledge function should promote exchange of experiences and best practices respecting traditional knowledge, as well as practices and efforts of local communities and Indigenous peoples related to addressing and responding to climate change. The knowledge function is to take into account the free, prior and informed consent of the knowledge holders, their innovations and practices (para 6(a)). As for capacity for engagement, the platform “should build the capacities of indigenous peoples and local communities to enable their engagement in the UNFCCC process” (para 6(b)). Finally, the platform “should facilitate the integration of diverse knowledge systems…in a manner that respects and promotes the rights and interests of local communities and indigenous peoples” (para 6(c)).

The Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform is a stepping stone to greater engagement of Indigenous peoples and local communities where these voices can be heard. The platform’s first activity will be a multi-stakeholder workshop on implementing the functions referred to in paragraph 6. The Métis Nation hopes to be a part of the full “operationalization” of the platform and of a future where Indigenous peoples are heard by all parties.



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Thur Nov 16,2017 18:30 - 19:45  video screening

Five years ago, the Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya started to use his camera to document his family, his village and the impact that climate change is having on both. They face floods, droughts, storms and when Kisilu’s house is destroyed by a storm, Kisilu starts a communal farmers’ movement and calls for action against the extreme consequences of the weather. Despite all the resistance Kisilu meets he makes it far in his struggle – all the way to both Oslo and the COP21 in Paris. The film is a story of hope from the frontline of climate change

IP Pavilion at COP23 - Important information for speakers and organizers

NOTE from the COP23 organizers:


Dear ladies and gentleman,
The energy and excitement around COP 23 in Bonn is beyond expectations – and still growing.  Participation is higher than expected and we are about to enter the intensive period of high-level events.  This means that there may be challenges associated with accommodating all participants in the available facilities at certain peak times. 
The purpose of this message is to bring to the attention of event organizers and invited speakers that in the coming days the high levels of participation may necessitate limitations on access to the Bonn Zone.  Special efforts are being implemented to facilitate the entry of speakers to the premises in times of over-crowding, recognizing that the safety and security of all participants is our first priority.
In this context, event organizers are invited to take note of the following information, which is especially relevant in times when access to the premises is limited due to reaching the maximum capacity:
-           Provision has been made to enable speakers and event organizers to enter the premises (this does not apply to entourages).
-           In order to ensure speakers and event organizers can enter the premises, organizers are requested to provide an agenda with a full list of speakers by 17:00 the day before the event as well as a contact telephone number. Please fill in the attached list. 
-           Special welcome points will be established at both points of entry to the Bonn Zone where speakers and organizers can present themselves to be cleared for entry. Entry procedures would be facilitated by presentation of the related event program or invitation. Please look for signs reading: “Access Speakers for Side Events”. The welcome points are only opened in case of high participation.
-           Speakers and organizers are kindly requested to come to the venue as early as possible and to allow at least 1 hour to clear the entrance procedures before the events start. 
We would appreciate it if you could share the information with all speakers of your event.
With these arrangements, UNFCCC and the Government of Germany are confident that the success of the multitude of events showcasing climate action, and commitment to objectives of the Convention and the Paris Agreement will be assured.
Your Commercial Service Team


Conocimiento tradicional y cambio climático

Del 11 al 12 de septiembre de 2017, los Pueblos Indígenas de todas las regiones se reunieron con los Estados, órganos de las Naciones Unidas (CMNUCC y la UNESCO) en Ottawa, Canadá, para seguir debatiendo la aplicación del párrafo operativo 135 del Acuerdo de París (OP 135). En dicho párrafo se reconoce la necesidad de fortalecer los “conocimientos, prácticas, innovaciones y esfuerzos” de los Pueblos Indígenas, y se solicita la creación de una nueva Plataforma de Intercambio de Conocimientos Tradicionales para mitigar el cambio climático.

En este y otros diálogos, el CITI ha seguido invitando a los Estados a que cambien las políticas y prácticas que socavan la capacidad de los pueblos indígenas de practicar y proteger sus conocimientos tradicionales en sus países de origen. Estas incluyen la agricultura industrial que utiliza los OMG y plaguicidas, la destrucción de hábitats, las restricciones al acceso a las tierras y aguas tradicionales, las violaciones de los tratados, el desarrollo continuo de combustibles fósiles, así como la falta de implementación de los derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas al consentimiento libre, previo e informado y a su patrimonio cultural, entre otros.

El CITI también continuó subrayando la necesidad de incluir a los titulares de conocimientos tradicionales indígenas, a ancianos y a profesionales, en el desarrollo e implementación de la nueva Plataforma de Intercambio. Por ejemplo, los participantes en la III Conferencia Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas del Maíz, llevada a cabo del 7 al 9 de marzo de 2017 en Tecpan, Guatemala, afirmaron “que la nueva Plataforma para el Intercambio de Conocimientos Tradicionales bajo la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (UNFCCC) se ha desarrollado con la participación plena y equitativa de los Pueblos Indígenas de todas las regiones, y en especial de nuestros poseedores de conocimiento y de los productores de alimentos tradicionales, de una manera que respeta plenamente nuestros derechos, las ciencias indígenas tradicionales y la riqueza de nuestro conocimiento ancestral” (de la Declaración de Tecpan).

El desarrollo de la Plataforma de Intercambio de Conocimientos Tradicionales será un enfoque para la participación de CITI y otros Pueblos Indígenas en la 23 ª Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre Cambio Climático que se llevará a cabo en Bonn Alemania del 6 al 17 de noviembre de 2017.


Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change

September 11-12 2017, Indigenous Peoples from all regions met with States, UN bodies (UNFCCC and UNESCO) in Ottawa Canada to continue discussing the implementation of operative paragraph 135 of the United Nations Paris Agreement.  OP 135 recognizes the need to strengthen Indigenous Peoples’ “knowledge, practices, innovations and efforts” and also calls for the development of a new Traditional Knowledge Exchange Platform to mitigate Climate Change.

In this and other dialogues, IITC has continued to call upon States to change the policies and practices that undermine Indigenous Peoples ability to practice and protect their traditional knowledge in their homelands. These include industrial agriculture using GMO’s and pesticides, habitat destruction, restrictions on access to traditional lands and water, Treaty violations and continued fossil fuel development, as well as failure to implement Indigenous Peoples’ rights to Free Prior and Informed Consent and Cultural Heritage, among others.

IITC also continued to underscore the need to include Indigenous Traditional Knowledge holders, elders and practitioners in the development and implementation of the new Exchange Platform.  For example the participants in the 3rd International Indigenous Peoples Corn Conference, March 7 – 9, 2017, Tecpan, Guatemala, affirmed “that the new Platform for Traditional Knowledge Exchange under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is developed with the full and equal participation of Indigenous Peoples from all regions and especially our knowledge holders and traditional food producers and in a manner that fully respects our rights, traditional indigenous sciences and the richness of our ancestral knowledge” (from The Declaration of Tecpán).

The development of the Traditional Knowledge Exchange Platform will be a focus for IITC’s and other Indigenous Peoples’ participation in the 23rd Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change which will take place in Bonn Germany from November 6-17, 2017.




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Our Brother Mr. RODION SULYANDZIGA, a well-known Indigenous Peoples Activist had been arrested in the early hours on Sunday December 11, 2016. Police conducted a search in the apartment and Sulyandziga was brought in for questioning at the Konkovo district police department.

Rodion Sulyandziga speaking at the UN conference on indigenous peoples in New York. Photo from the Facebook page of Indigenous Russia

He was released later on Sunday, but his computer has since been seized by the police.

Mr. Rodion runs the Moscow-based Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North, an NGO known for providing training and development in capacity building and institution strengthening.

His work continues to benefit international movements for Indigenous Peoples’ rights, climate change, and environmental protection. IIPFCC believes that he must be allowed to continue this important work

More and more IIPFCC Members continue to co-sign the open letter.


Agreed Parties:

1. Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad

2. Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

3. Indigenous Peoples National Steering Committee on Climate Change (IPNSCCC)

4. Mainyoito Pastoralists Integrated Development Organization (MPIDO)

5. Te Kopu, Pacific Indigenous & Local Knowledge Centre of Distinction

6. POINT Myanmar

7. International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)

8. Center for Indigenous Peoples' Research and Development (CIPRED)

9. Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education)

10. Asia Indigenous Women's Network (AIWN)

11. Chirapaq, Centre of Indigenous Cultures of Peru

12. National Congress of American Indians

13. Pratima Gurung

14. Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network (IPWDGN)

15. Nepal Indigenous Disabled Association (NIDA)

16. Porgera Alliance, Papua New Guinea

17. Congrès mondial Amazigh 18. Association de femmes de Kabylie

19. Independent Consultant & External Lecturer, University of Vienna, Austria

20. SONIA for a Just and New World as cosignatory


22. International Indian Treaty Council

23. Indigenous Peoples of African Coordinating Committee IPACC

24. Unissons nous pour la Promotion des Batwa ( UNIPROBA)

25. Native American Rights Fund

26. Indigenous Environmental Network

27. Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN)

28. Le centre d'Accompagnement des Autochtones Pygmées et Minoritaires Vulnérables (CAMV/DR-Congo)

29. Saami Council 30. Sámi Parliament of Norway

31. Le mouvement culturel amazigh du Maroc

32. Union pour l'Emancipation de la Femme Autochtone (UEFA/RDC)

33. Unissons nous pour la Promotion des Batwa (UNIPROBA), Burindi

34. United Confederation of Taíno People

35. Caribbean Amerindian Development Organization, Barbados

36. Pastoralists Indigenous NGOs Forum (PINGO's Forum), TANZANIA

37. First Nations Summit (Canada)

38. Polina Shulbaeva, CBD Indigenous coordinator for Russia and Eastern Europe

39. The Batwa Foundation

40. Asociación Savia Andina Pukara (ASAP)

41. Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas

42. Association of Indigenous Village Leaders in Suriname (VIDS)

43. Network for Indigenous Peoples of the Solomons (NIPS)

44. Te Kopu Network

45. Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Indigenous Peoples (UCSCIP) 

46. Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA)

47. Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN), Indonesia

48. Lelewal, Cameroon

49. Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Network on Climate Change and Biodiversity (BIPNet), Bangladesh

50. Maleya Foundation, Bangladesh

51. Chief Gary Harrison, Artick Athabascan Council

52. Youth Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (YFIN Nepal)


A message from Jesse Young, Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State

A message from Jesse Young, Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State: Please join U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing for an after-action conference call with civil society organizations on the outcomes of COP-22 in Marrakesh, Morocco. For both those that joined us in Morocco and those that did not, this call will be a useful opportunity to discuss the lay of the land now that the meeting has wrapped.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 11:00 AM [EST]

Dial-in (U.S.): (800) 230-1093              Confirmation Number: 407249


COP22 comes to a close

 Prayer circle in solidarity with the Standing Rock Tribe in front of the UNFCCC Conference site on November 15th, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. Photo credit:   Kayla Faith

 Prayer circle in solidarity with the Standing Rock Tribe in front of the UNFCCC Conference site on November 15th, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. Photo credit: Kayla Faith

  By India Logan-Riley, Aotearoa, Pacific Indigenous Peoples Delegation

The first Conference of the Parties since the creation and entering into force of the Paris Agreement has come to a close. Although there are many aspects of the negotiations that concern the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, this particular CoP has seen large step forward for our engagement with the UNFCCC process.

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As of the closing plenary, the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples platform was made official. The CoP President announced the following decision regarding the platform:

•        To adopt an incremental approach to developing the local communities and indigenous peoples platform, referred to in decision 1/CP.21 paragraph 135, with a view to ensuring its effective operationalization;

•        To request the Chair of the SBSTA to initiate the process to develop the local communities and indigenous peoples platform, which will include convening an open multi-stakeholder dialogue at SBSTA 46 on the operationalization of the platform to be co-moderated by the Chair of the SBSTA and a representative of indigenous peoples organizations;

•        To invite Parties and other stakeholders to submit, by 31 March 2017, their views on the purpose, content and structure of the platform in order to inform the multi-stakeholder dialogue;

•        To request the secretariat to prepare a report on the multi-stakeholder dialogue, which should also draw on the submissions;

•        To also request the SBSTA to consider the report at SBSTA 47 under a new agenda item "local communities and indigenous peoples platform" and conclude its consideration at SBSTA 47 by forwarding recommendations  for  operationalization of the platform  to COP23.

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This process over the last two weeks has not been smooth. There were times when we had to remind those involved that Indigenous Peoples in a way that is consistent with UNDRIP and other international legal expectations. However, we applaud the commitment to actioning this platform and look forward to the full, effective and meaningful partnership with the UNFCCC moving forward.


Dr. Handaine Mohamed: Chers frères et sœurs Peuples Autochtones

Chers frères et sœurs Peuples Autochtones

A la fin des travaux de la COP22 j'aimerai vous souhaite un bon retour chez votre famille. Vous allez vous regagner votre famille et votre pays après un excellent  travail durant les deux semaines de la COP22.en portant avec vous peut être de bon souvenirs du Maroc.

 le Peuple Amazigh est honoré par votre présence et fière de votre travail et de votre détermination plus que jamais à atteindre nos objectifs pour un monde vert, un monde de justice climatique ou les droits des Peuples Autochtones sont garantis.Notre combat ne s’arrêtera pas à la fin de la COP22 mais nous vous confirmons qu'on va continuer à solliciter la présidence de la COP22  et à faire le suivi des recommandations et des résolutions adoptées en collaboration avec le Comité global.

Nous tenons à remercier toute l'équipe du comité global des Peuples Autochtones qui a fait un travail honorable ainsi que tous les représentants des Peuples Autochtones de six régions (Afrique- Asie- Amérique du Nord- Amérique Latine- Russie- Pacifique) nous tenons à remercier tous ceux qu'ont soutenu financement le pavillon autochtone ainsi que la présence des Autochtones (PNUD,Fond Volontaire, IPACC.le gouvernement marocain etc) le président du pôle de la société civile du comité de pilotage de la COP22 Mr El Yazami qui nous aidé et facilité les préparatifs de la présence autochtone ainsi que la délégation amazighe d’Afrique du nord qui a montré une grande maturité du combat amzigh.

Que vive les Peuples Autochtones,

le combat continue,


Dr. Handaine Mohamed,

Directeur du Centre des Etudes Amazighes Historiques et environnementales,

Président de la confédération des associations amazighes du Sud marocain,

Point Focal local de la COP22

Tel 00212670789000

Fax 00212526625141