North America

U.S. Civil Society Briefing - 1:00 PM ROOM 25

The senior leadership of the U.S. delegation here at COP-22 will be holding a briefing for U.S. civil society organizations. We hope you can join us from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (13h00 to 14h00) in Room 25 in the Meeting Room area. If a member of your COP delegation isn’t presently included on this mailing list, please let Catherine know at "Goldberg, Catherine A" <>

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

Report on Executive Secretary's briefing (Saturday Morning 10AM)

A Note from Alberto Saldamando: 

As I will be unable to attend the Caucus meeting Monday morning, I’m sending a brief report on the Executive Secretary’s briefing today. The important item is that although contact group meetings are open, sometimes they limit observer participation in order to preserve space for the negotiators. But when these meetings have space, even during the session, the chairs can open them up for observers.

Megumi has twitter account, @unfcccobservers and will try to inform when space allows observers that may open up during the meeting.

See you at the march tomorrow!

Alberto Saldamando, (415) 656-9198, Skype: alberto.saldamando,

Report on Executive Secretary Briefing Saturday 12 Nov.

The Executive Secretary began her remarks by saying that in order to fulfill commitments in the PA need close contact with NGOs.

Each interest group was given an opportunity to ask questions:

Bingo began, but was also seconded by other interest groups, as to how to participate in the sessions of the COP, as experiencing many difficulties. Also inputs into substantive matters also difficult (finance, loss and damage, etc.)

Farmers only reflected disappointment in outcomes of SBSTA.

The Executive Secretary responded by saying that “rulebook” still being written. Although many important issues being discussed at COP where do have submissions from NGOS, the NGOs should foucs on National level in areas such as NDCs and finance. But do have access to meetings through system of badges, because must prioritize space for negotiators. All Plenary sessions open, and only contact groups are closed. Informals can also be open in accordance with SBI discussions. But some sessions very crowded, so need space, but will open when space is available.

Megumi has twitter account, @unfcccobservers and will try to inform when space allows observers that may open up during the meeting.

The Executive Sec. says she has observed much more willingness to have observer participation since her initial COP Cancun 2010.

RINGO Asked about individual submissions, not yet allowed.

Hassan represented IPOs and called for enhanced participation by IPOs in meetings, to allow interventions by IPOs at meetings.

TUNGOs wanted to be associated with technical groups and asked about the bike parking.

 The Executive Sed. response was that bike parking was a challenge. She said that we must see COP as process that continues all year. “we are talking about a structural transformation from coal” and other fossil fuels that will take time and is a very challenging scenario. She mentioned the Indigenous knowledge platform and her office’s efforts to make it happen. She and Megumi also spoke about non-party stakeholder submission due in February to present to the parties at the next intersessional. And if there are any other ideas, please submit them to us so that the secretariat can present them to the Parties.

Saudata representing the Women and Gender interest group asked about the support for women to participate in National level discussions, that it is very difficult in some countries for women to participate. There was no response to this queston.

The meeting closed with three Indigenous organizations and COICA presenting the Executive Secretary with a gift of a drum from the Amazon that represents the voices of youth, women and who present a holistic vision of solutions to climate change, and that we need access to funding in order to implement that vision.

Agenda for the COP22 meeting in Marrakesh: Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Selection of Events

09.00 – 10.00 Arabian Room (Blue zone) 
Indigenous Peoples' Global Caucus Meeting

10.30 – 11.00 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Briefing for the Indigenous Peoples' Caucus

11.15 - 11.45 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Climate Change: Threats and Opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and Communities in Developing Countries 
Organizers: Drive for Economic and Environmental Development

12.00 - 14.00 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Pueblos Indigenas y Cambio Climatico en Abya Yala 
Organizers: Foro Indigena de Abya Yala/Consejo Indigena de Centro America

14.15 - 17.45 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
The Knowledge and Know-how of the Amazigh People and Other Indigenous People throughout the World 
Organizers: Congrès Mondial Amazigh/Association des Populations des Montagnes du Monde

18.00 - 19.30 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Spotlight on Environmental Defenders 
Organizers: Amnesty International/Republic of the Marshall Islands

Agenda note prepared by Docip
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Post Election Gathering of Americans and Friends

This will be an opportunity among those here at COP 22, to reflect on the U.S. elections of this past week and to allow us all to dialogue and measure how best to go forward together.  The purpose is to dialogue only. 

When: 11:00 Saturday , November 12

Where:   Room 21

From Thomas Fiutak, Mediators Beyond Borders, Int'l,



North American Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Consultations Report Available

The International Indian Council (IITC) published a North American Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Consultations Report in March 2016. The report highlights a diverse range of input toward COP21 from Indigenous Peoples of North America including a summary of North American Indigenous Peoples activities leading up to and during the Paris Climate Summit. The results of a Climate Change Questionnaire developed by IITC and focusing on key issues, impacts and solutions for mitigation and adaptation including the role of Indigenous Peoples' traditional knowledge and practices. The questionnaire was distributed during the North American consultations and online in English and Spanish via various web sites and list serves. Exceeding the initial goal of two hundred, the IITC collected and complied two hundred and thirteen completed questionnaires including fifteen collected online.  

As a result of input received from elected and traditional leaders as well as representative organizations, responses were reported to represent the voices of approximately 318,000 North American Indigenous individuals. Respondents represented a diverse sample  of  Indigenous Peoples’ representatives including Tribal Leaders (elected and traditional), elders,  youth,  educators, rights advocates, community organizers, food producers, cultural/spiritual leaders, and professionals. The respondents represented voices from diverse geographical areas across North America and eco and food systems which included coastal/islands, forests, deserts, mountains, Arctic/sub arctic, plains, agricultural areas, rivers and river deltas, lakes, wetlands and highlands.        

North American Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Consultations Report Available Here

North America Regional Consultation Covered in National Media

North America Regional Consultation Covered in National Media

The International Indian Treaty Council, North America partners of the IIPFCC, held a regional consultation with members of local First Nations on 8 September 2015 in Edmonton, Canada, to discuss the effects of climate change in their communities and develop key messages for negotiators at the Climate Change Conference in Paris this December.