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.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
You can register for the respective sessions via the links below:
Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Chad – on behalf of the LCIPP team.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
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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: firstname.lastname@example.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 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
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:
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.
Please find below the agenda for the multi-stakeholder workshop on implementing the functions of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform. The co-moderators for the workshop are Paul Watkinson, Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and Roberto Múkaro Borrero (Taíno), representative of indigenous peoples organizations
You can find the event details here.
We also welcome you to interact with us via social media using the event hashtag #LCIPP.
Please us know if you have any technical questions via the email address: LCIPP@unfccc.int
Agenda for the multi-stakeholder workshop on implementing the functions of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform, 1 May 2018
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"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
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 English, Español, 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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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.
The opinions expressed in this article/multimedia are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of CIGI or its Board of Directors.
About the Author
Dawn Pritchard is a citizen of the Métis Nation. On interchange from Justice Canada, she is an adviser with the Métis National Council. She holds an LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan and resides in Wakefield, Quebec, with her husband, where she writes and plays music in her spare time. This was her first COP.