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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


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

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

IIPFCC May 2018.jpg

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

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.

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

IIPFCC Preparatory Meeting: 29 April 2018

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 EnglishEspañol, 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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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