UN SG Summit: Invitation to Civil Society to collaborate on Nature-Based Solutions

Dear colleagues and friends,

The UN Climate Action Summit, being convened by UN Secretary-General on 23 September 2019 provides an opportunity for redefining people’s relationship with nature. ‘Nature-Based Solutions’ can offer a crucial response to climate change and sustainable development at the scale and pace that is needed: to make this transformation possible, the necessary actions must be clearly identified, along with robust implementation systems and finance on an unprecedented scale. The Summit provides an opportunity is for all of us from government, finance, business, civil society and international organizations to contribute to collective efforts that will tip the balance – reversing climate change, delivering multiple social, economic and environmental outcomes and benefiting lives and livelihoods everywhere. 

The role of civil society will be absolutely essential to build upon existing projects and experience from the field.

 The United Nations Secretary-General has established nine coalitions comprised of national governments who are joined by other stakeholders.  Their remit is to undertake preparatory work for the Summit and to ensure ‘transformative outcomes, of which Nature Based Solutions (NBS) is one. The coalitions are each preparing propositions that will be offered to world leaders at the Summit: once endorsed they will be followed up through the climate COPs and other intergovernmental processes.  It is anticipated that propositions, when implemented, will be transformative, have significant impact while reflecting public interest, contribute to equitable development, and take into account social and political considerations.  

 The co-leads of the NBS coalition are China and New Zealand. They envisage that contributions to the NBS theme could include (but not be limited to) scaling up the preservation and restoration of forests, land and marine ecosystems; conservation and restoration of wetlands; comprehensive treatment of soil erosion; prevention of desertification, climate resilient infrastructure and connectivity; eco-corridors and protection of biodiversity; climate compatible agriculture and food systems; regenerating ecosystems of the ocean and natural reserve systems with national parks as the mainstay.  

 The NBS co-leads and facilitation team would like to invite you to collaborate on nature-based solutions by sharing proposals which could be endorsed at the Summit and implemented in the lead up to the UNFCCC and CBD COPs. 

 You will find in the document attached here some guidance which will help you for writing the proposal and some explanation about the submission process.

This first round of consultation will be open until the 24th of April 2019.

 We very much look forward to receiving your contributions. 

 Please feel free to share widely across your networks of partners interested in nature-based solutions and climate action.  We would like to encourage a wide and inclusive engagement in the development of the proposition incorporating NBS in climate action.  This engagement should draw upon the wide range and innovative brilliance of the work underway on Nature-Bases Solutions.  

 Thank you.

 Best regards,

The Nature-Based Solutions Facilitation Team


LCIPP: Update on FWG1 and thematic workshop in June

Dear Friends of the LCIPP

 We are pleased to confirm that the first meeting of the Facilitative Working Group (FWG) will take place on 14-16 June, and it will be held at a venue in Bonn. More information about the venue/registration will be made available on the webpage as it becomes available. The meeting will be open to observers. A separate registration (from the SB registration) will be undertaken for the FWG meeting.

 In addition, the mandated LCIPP in-session thematic workshop is planned for for 19 June (the date will be confirmed soon when the SBSTA overview schedule is published), more information, including about which room it will be held in, will be made available on the website soon. Further LCIPP activities are also being organized, we will continue to keep you informed.

 Nominations to the FWG: nominations are still pending for 3 Party representatives (from Eastern Europe, WEOG and the LDCs). Nominations for 5 alternates are also pending (from Eastern Europe, WEOG, LDCs, SIDS and Asia Pacific). Here is the list of membership.

 Wishing you all a good day,

 Kind regards,


 Tiffany Hodgson
Programme Officer
Science and Review Sub-Programme,

Adaptation Programme


Participation in the Strategy Meeting for IP Engagement to the UN Climate Summit, 23 Sep, NY

TO: IP delegations coming to the PF session in NY 
ATT: Participation in the Strategy Meeting for IP Engagement to the UN Climate Summit, 23 Sep, NY

DATE: 25 Apr, NY

TIME: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.



The UN General Assembly  will hold a one-day Climate Summit in September 23, 2019, NY. The expected outcomes will be partnership and agreed actions' promotion through 9  different tracks/coalitions, each of them co-led by minimum 2 countries in a partnership with the UN. The mandate of the coalition is to build public and private partnerships and come with concrete proposals. This will be 2-3 initiatives per coalition.

There will not be a political declaration and nothing to negotiate. It is only listing of proposals that will be announced. The Summit is taking place at a moment of urgent action and response.

9 Tracks/Coalitions 

Nature based solutions: China@New Zealand supported by UNEP

Resilience and adaptation:  UK@Egypt supported by UNDP

Energy: Denmark@Ethiopia

Social and political drivers: Peru@ Spain supported by ILO, DESA, WHO, Global Compact

Mitigation: Chile@Japan

Youth and mobilization: Ireland @ Marshall Islands

Climate Finance: Jamaica@France@Qatar supported by the WB

Infrustructure cities and local action: Kenya@Turkey

Industry transition: India @ Sweden

CS Modality:  Sep 23rd - only plenary of the General Assembly. 

There might be roundtables on the weekend before the Summit.

Objectives of IP strategic meeting

1.      to develop one common position and strategy re the CS between all 7 regions

2.       to coordinate and develop a road map on the way to CS, NY (PF - Bonn - Abu-Dhabi - NY)

3.       to collaborate closely with Ambassador de Alba as a Special Envoy of the Climate Summit

4.       to create alliance with coalitions leads and lobby IP solutions

Rodion Sulyandziga, 
On behalf of IP delegation having a meeting with Dr.Alba within the Copenhagen Conference on SDG and Climate Change, 1-3 Apr           

Rodion Sulyandziga
Director, Ph.D
Center for support of indigenous peoples of the North (CSIPN)
NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
skype: rodion_ritc

An open web-based dialogue, 2 April, on the development of a dedicated LCIPP web portal

Dear friends of the LCIPP,

Please join us for an open web-based dialogue on the development of a Dedicated Web Portal for the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP) on next Tuesday, 02 April, 2019.


The Conference of Parties, at its twenty-fourth session, requested that “the secretariat, with the support of the Facilitative Working Group, to make the work of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform widely accessible, including through the development of a dedicated web portal on the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform on the UNFCCC website” (decision 2/CP.24, para 21).


The online dialogue aims to provide a space for all stakeholders of the LCIPP to provide their views as well as best practices and lessons learned to enable the web portal to effectively and efficiently support the implementation of the LCIPP’s functions. The dialogue will serve as a basis for the concept phase, some guiding questions are attached. Further discussions will take place on the sidelines of the upcoming SB session in Bonn, Germany, and at the first FWG meeting.

You can register for the respective sessions via the links below:

09:00-10:30 CET (English)11:00-12:30 CET (French)13:00-14:30 CET (Spanish)16:00-17:30 CET (English)Please don’t hesitate to forward this on to other interested stakeholders.

For further information, please the webpage (here >>>). If you are unable to join a dialogue, please feel free to email your ideas/suggestions to me, Tiffany Hodgson (thodgson@unfccc.int).

For technical questions related to the WebEx Dialogue, please contact Chad Tudenggongbu (ctudenggongbu@unfccc.int) and David Oehmen (DOehmen@unfccc.int).

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Chad – on behalf of the LCIPP team.

 - How-to-guide for using WebEx 

Guiding questions for Web based dialogue


"Despite this power imbalance within the UNFCCC (and, by and large, the entire UN system), the over 100 Indigenous delegates representing all regions of the world stood united to insist on formal participation in this process that impacts us so directly and to ensure that our rights and traditional knowledge are respected in national and global efforts to combat climate change."

Source: Cultural Survival
Read full article: Click here

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IIPFCC Rulebook Rights Press Kit.pdf


On Human Rights Day, Indigenous Peoples say “Don’t write off our rights” and implore Ministers joining COP24 to reinstate strong rights language into all aspects of the Paris Rulebook text.

Having achieved a historical success, and important step forward with the adoption of the operationalization of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform on Saturday, the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) is concerned to hear of Parties’ proposal to remove rights language from the text of the Paris Rulebook.

The inclusion of rights-based language is essential for preserving the collective rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as other marginalised groups such as women, youth, and people with disabilities. This news comes as a significant blow, on the 70th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights, which sought to protect and promote the rights of all, and indeed those very groups.

The Paris Rulebook is currently under negotiation at the United Nations 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland, and forms the guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Rulebook will cover nationally determined contributions (NDCs) from each party; reporting on finance for climate change action; as well as transparency, stakeholder consultations and much more.

Given the significance of the Rulebook in setting the rules of the game for climate action, the prospect of rights language not being explicitly included in the text gives a dangerous opportunity for Parties to violate these rights under the guise of climate action.

With the arrival of Ministers to the COP24 proceedings today, the IIPFCC urges Ministers to intervene and re-establish rights-based language in the Paris Rulebook text, and will host a press conference this evening to detail the further implications of these changes on Indigenous Peoples.



Monday 10th December 2018, 1800-1830h

Katowice Press Conference Room, COP24 Zone F

For information contact:

Kera Sherwood-O'Regan




Report of the multi-stakeholder workshop: Implementing the functions of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

The first activity of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP) was a multi-stakeholder workshop, which took place on 1 May, 2018. The workshop focused on implementing the three functions of the Platform: knowledge, capacity for engagement, and climate change policies and actions. During this day-long multi-stakeholder workshop, a group of more than one hundred participants convened and converged on the need to collaborate and commit to enabling the full operationalization of the Platform and the implementation of its functions.

To review and download the full LCIPP Workshop Summary Report, click here.

The Summary Report was prepared by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the guidance of the co-moderators of the workshop, Mr. Paul Watkinson (Chair of SBSTA) and Mr. Roberto Múkaro Borrero of the Taíno people (International Indian Treaty Council). It is intended for information; to capture, as well as possible, the rich exchanges that took place during the workshop; and to provide a written record of the proceedings. 

LCIPP Workshop Co-Moderators Paul Watkinson (middle) and Roberto Múkaro Borrero (at right)

LCIPP Workshop Co-Moderators Paul Watkinson (middle) and Roberto Múkaro Borrero (at right)


 A Compilation of Decisions and Conclusions Adopted by the Parties to the Convention

Read the report here:

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Regional workshop on Action for Climate Empowerment for Europe and the Mediterranean Region

Dear all,

Greetings! The regional workshop on Action for Climate Empowerment for Europe and the Mediterranean Region is happening from 2-4 October 2018 in La Spezia, Italy. The deadline for the Constituency Focal Points to submit the signed registration form(s) is 24 September 2018. Therefore, it would be great if you can submit your filled in registration form to me by or before 20 September: nuri@aippnet.org

We encourage our sisters and brothers from Europe and Mediterranean region to participate in the event. IPOs are given two slots for this meeting. So it would be great to have one man and woman. Please take note that there is no funding available from the UNFCCC secretariat. So interested people should be able raise funds to participate in the event.

Please the download the registration form HERE.

Download Observers Notification here:  “Regional Workshop on Action for Climate Empowerment for Europe and the Mediterranean region”

The notification will be posted on the notification page of the UNFCCC website

Thank you very much.


With Warm Regards,

Lakpa Nuri Sherpa

Environment Programme Coordinator

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

112 Moo 1 Tamboon Sanpranate Amphur Sansai, Chiang Mai 50210, Thailand

Tel: +66 53 343 539

Fax: +66 53343 540

Online training course on Gender and the Environment

The secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is pleased to inform on the recent launch of a new open source introductory online training course on Gender and the Environment, which includes a module on climate change. 

The training course was developed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Gender Partnership and theUnited Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) with the generous support of the GEF Small Grants Programme.

The e-course is accessible at UN CC:e-learn’s platform and is open to the public without charge and is intended to be self-paced.


Co-Chairs Note Upon Conclusion of the Bonn Climate Change Conference 2018

Respectful greetings,

We transmit herewith a note in our capacity as Co-Chairs of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus, convened under the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) during the Bonn Climate Change Conference 2018, which included the forty-eighth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI48) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA48) as well as the fifth part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-5).

In accordance with the collective view of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus expressed during its preparatory meeting on April 29 2018 at the Evangelischer Kirchenkreis in Bonn, the Co-Chairs have prioritized the negotiations to further operationalize the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples (LCIP) platform in the coordination and deliberations of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus during the 2018 Bonn Climate Change Conference.

As a variety of proposals have been made by Parties and the IIPFCC during the negotiations and, in order to ensure that the document which will be finalized during the twenty-fourth session of the Conference of Parties (COP24) reflects the views of Indigenous Peoples, and to safeguard the ownership of the document by Parties and Indigenous Peoples, we, as Co-Chairs, have worked to provide a note on the current status of said platform and the dangers involved in some of the proposals made by Parties.

We highly value the importance of open, transparent and inclusive consultations between Indigenous Peoples and Parties, and encourage all interested Indigenous Peoples, Parties and other stakeholders to raise any ideas and concerns with us. Should any organization, Party or groups of Parties wish to consult with the IIPFCC through its Co-Chairs, please contact the Indigenous Peoples focal point to the UNFCCC Secretariat (Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa, email: nuri@aippnet.org).

We are committed to engage further in a constructive dialogue on this important subject before and during COP24.

Please accept, the assurances of our highest consideration.

Juan Carlos Jintiach, Ghazali Ohorella,

Co-Chairs Indigenous Peoples Caucus

Download Co-Chairs Note [ PDF]


Photos of Indigenous Peoples Caucus at SBSTA 48, May 2018

Photos of various members of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus and the IIPFCC - Global Steering Committee throughout SBSTA 48 by Rafael Ponte/SERVINDI can be viewed at the following website address:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/140678303@N03/albums/with/72157696079895244

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IIPFCC Closing Statement will be made today, 10 March 2018


Frank Ettawageshik of the National Congress of American Indians will give the closing statement of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change at the UNFCCC Climate Talks Plenary Session. The session begins at 3 PM Bonn time. He will speak about 2 hours after the start. Bonn, Germany is six hours ahead of EDT in the US. The webcast link can be found here: 

LCIPP Workshop Photos from IISB/ENB

IISD/ENB shared the website where you'll find the group photo at the end of the dialogue and some others during the LCIPP workshop. Scroll down page to May 1, 2018 at http://enb.iisd.org/climate/sb48/

Frank Ettawageshik , National Congress of American Indians, opens the session with a prayer

Frank Ettawageshik, National Congress of American Indians, opens the session with a prayer

Multi-stakeholder workshop on LCIPP held on 1 May 2018

As a follow-up to the Paris Agreement, an open, multi-stakeholder workshop on implementing the functions of the local communities and indigenous peoples platform took place on 1 May 2018. The workshop was the historic, first activity of the platform. Paul Watkinson, Chair of the SBSTA and Roberto Mukaro Borrero (Taíno), representative of local communities and indigenous peoples organizations were the session's co-moderators. Christiana Figueres Olsen, Executive Secretary of the UFCCC  gave a key note address as well as Grace Balawag of Tebtebba Foundation. A report on the session will be issued by the co-moderators before COP24. 

Grace Balawag (at left), Roberto Múkaro Borrero, and Frank Ettawageshik  at the Multi-stakeholder Workshop on 1 May 2018

Grace Balawag (at left), Roberto Múkaro Borrero, and Frank Ettawageshik  at the Multi-stakeholder Workshop on 1 May 2018

UN Climate Change Launches First-Ever Annual Report

UN Climate Change News, 30 April 2018 – UN Climate Change today launched its first-ever Annual Report, laying out the key 2017 achievements and pointing to the future of the climate change process.

"Climate Change is the single biggest threat to life, security and prosperity on Earth," said UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa. “This annual report shows how UN Climate Change is doing everything it can to support, encourage and build on the global response to climate change.”

The report covers many areas of the 2017 work of UN Climate Change, which includes the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement, as well as their bodies, institutional arrangements, organs and the secretariat.

For example, at the UN Climate Change conference (COP23) presided over by Fiji last November, almost 30,000 people from all levels came together in Bonn, Germany, to drive action on climate change. The conference saw financial commitments amounting to almost USD 1 billion to tackle climate change.

Governments took key decisions, among them launching the Talanoa Dialogue, the first-ever Gender Action Plan, a platform for indigenous peoples and local communities, and an agreement on agriculture.

Throughout 2017, UN Climate Change continued to deliver on its core tasks: supporting the intergovernmental process, bringing transparency to climate commitments, supporting Parties in building resilience and adapting to climate change, facilitating the mobilization of finance and diffusion of technology, and fostering cooperation with non-Party stakeholders to realize the Paris Agreement’s potential.

The report also looks at the outlook for the year ahead, including increasing the number of ratifications of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol so it can enter into force, the Talanoa Dialogue which will inform and inspire Parties as they increase their commitments, and adopting the outcomes of the work programme of the Paris Agreement at the end of 2018.

“Throughout 2018 and beyond, let us do all in our power, together, to accelerate action,” said Ms. Espinosa. “Only by doing so can we succeed in protecting our planet from climate change and securing a low-carbon, sustainable future.”

Countries are now gathered in Bonn focused on critical interim work leading to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, including preparation of the Paris Agreement Work Programme, which will guide implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Read the full UN Climate Change Annual Report 2017.