Indigenous Peoples

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


"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
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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:

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

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:

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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:

Agenda for the multi-stakeholder workshop on implementing the functions of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

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.

If you are participating remotely, you are welcome you to tune in via Skype here. You can also submit your questions by visit here, and keying in the event code #LCIPP (in capital letters).

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: 

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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At COP 23, Parties initiated the operationalization of the local communities and indigenous peoples platform. 

At COP 23, Parties initiated the operationalization of the local communities and indigenous peoples platform. 

Daily Indigenous Peoples Caucus Meetings in Bonn, 30 April - 10 May 2018

Daily meetings for the Indigenous Peoples Caucus will be held from 9:00-10:00 at the World Conference Center in Bonn. On April 30th, the meeting will be  Room BANGKOK. From May 1st-10th, the meetings will be held in the AH Upper Conference Room. 

In-session workshop on Gender and Climate Change

In-session workshop on Gender and Climate Change - Part 1: Differentiated impacts of climate change and gender-responsive climate policy and action

Time: 11:00 - 19:00

Room: AH Upper Conference room

Venue: UN Campus, ‘Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus’ (AH), Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1

City: Bonn                          Country: Germany

Background: COP 22, in decision 21/CP.22 on gender and climate change, as part of its decision to continue and enhance the Lima work programme on gender, decided to hold annual in-session workshops in conjunction with the first sessional periods of the subsidiary bodies in 2018 and 2019. COP 23, in decision 3/CP.23 decided that the topic for the 2018 in-session workshop on gender and climate change would be based on the submission request under priority area E.1 of the gender action plan. Priority area E focuses on monitoring and reporting, with an emphasis on sex-disaggregated data and gender analysis.

Schedule: The workshop will be held in two parts:

  • Part I: Including sex-disaggregated and gender analysis, examine the differentiated impacts of climate change on women and men, with special attention paid to local communities and indigenous peoples, as well as the integration of gender considerations into climate adaptation, mitigation, capacity-building, Action for Climate Empowerment, technology and finance policies, plans and actions.

  • Part II: Policies, plans and progress in enhancing gender balance in national delegations


  • To raise awareness on the differentiated impacts of climate change, including how to identify such differences and address them in policy and action design and implementation;

  • To build the capacity of participants to understand the tools and mechanisms that facilitate the design and implementation of gender-responsive climate policy and action;

  • To raise awareness on possible options for enhancing gender balance in national climate delegations;

  • To provide an opportunity for Party delegates and observers to brainstorm on possible options.

Outcome: A summary report for each part of the workshop that captures challenges and good practices related to the topics, will be prepared and published as an INF document and will be made available on the UNFCCC website after the close of SBI 48.

Format: The in-session workshop will combine expert and technical presentations, group discussions and panel presentations with sufficient time for substantive, interactive discussions on how to enhance implementation under the Lima work programme on gender and its gender action plan.

Participants: Open to Parties and observers registered for SBI 48. Also open to the press.

Venue: World Conference Center (rooms to be confirmed), Bonn, Germany

Gender and climate change workshop annotated programme (will be available prior to SBI 48)

Organizer and contact:
The workshop is being organized by the UNFCCC secretariat
Fleur Newman (Ms)
Gender Affairs Officer
Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1, 53113 Bonn, Germany

Language: English

Mandated event

Source: UNFCCC