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


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
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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)

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: 

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.

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: 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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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


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

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

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.

Fuente: https://www.iitc.org/traditional-knowledge-climate-change/

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.

Source: https://www.iitc.org/traditional-knowledge-climate-change/