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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At COP23, Moving toward Greater Engagement with Indigenous Peoples

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.



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About the Author

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.




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Our Brother Mr. RODION SULYANDZIGA, a well-known Indigenous Peoples Activist had been arrested in the early hours on Sunday December 11, 2016. Police conducted a search in the apartment and Sulyandziga was brought in for questioning at the Konkovo district police department.

Rodion Sulyandziga speaking at the UN conference on indigenous peoples in New York. Photo from the Facebook page of Indigenous Russia

He was released later on Sunday, but his computer has since been seized by the police.

Mr. Rodion runs the Moscow-based Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North, an NGO known for providing training and development in capacity building and institution strengthening.

His work continues to benefit international movements for Indigenous Peoples’ rights, climate change, and environmental protection. IIPFCC believes that he must be allowed to continue this important work

More and more IIPFCC Members continue to co-sign the open letter.


Agreed Parties:

1. Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad

2. Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

3. Indigenous Peoples National Steering Committee on Climate Change (IPNSCCC)

4. Mainyoito Pastoralists Integrated Development Organization (MPIDO)

5. Te Kopu, Pacific Indigenous & Local Knowledge Centre of Distinction

6. POINT Myanmar

7. International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)

8. Center for Indigenous Peoples' Research and Development (CIPRED)

9. Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education)

10. Asia Indigenous Women's Network (AIWN)

11. Chirapaq, Centre of Indigenous Cultures of Peru

12. National Congress of American Indians

13. Pratima Gurung

14. Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network (IPWDGN)

15. Nepal Indigenous Disabled Association (NIDA)

16. Porgera Alliance, Papua New Guinea

17. Congrès mondial Amazigh 18. Association de femmes de Kabylie

19. Independent Consultant & External Lecturer, University of Vienna, Austria

20. SONIA for a Just and New World as cosignatory


22. International Indian Treaty Council

23. Indigenous Peoples of African Coordinating Committee IPACC

24. Unissons nous pour la Promotion des Batwa ( UNIPROBA)

25. Native American Rights Fund

26. Indigenous Environmental Network

27. Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN)

28. Le centre d'Accompagnement des Autochtones Pygmées et Minoritaires Vulnérables (CAMV/DR-Congo)

29. Saami Council 30. Sámi Parliament of Norway

31. Le mouvement culturel amazigh du Maroc

32. Union pour l'Emancipation de la Femme Autochtone (UEFA/RDC)

33. Unissons nous pour la Promotion des Batwa (UNIPROBA), Burindi

34. United Confederation of Taíno People

35. Caribbean Amerindian Development Organization, Barbados

36. Pastoralists Indigenous NGOs Forum (PINGO's Forum), TANZANIA

37. First Nations Summit (Canada)

38. Polina Shulbaeva, CBD Indigenous coordinator for Russia and Eastern Europe

39. The Batwa Foundation

40. Asociación Savia Andina Pukara (ASAP)

41. Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas

42. Association of Indigenous Village Leaders in Suriname (VIDS)

43. Network for Indigenous Peoples of the Solomons (NIPS)

44. Te Kopu Network

45. Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Indigenous Peoples (UCSCIP) 

46. Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA)

47. Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN), Indonesia

48. Lelewal, Cameroon

49. Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Network on Climate Change and Biodiversity (BIPNet), Bangladesh

50. Maleya Foundation, Bangladesh

51. Chief Gary Harrison, Artick Athabascan Council

52. Youth Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (YFIN Nepal)


COP22 comes to a close

 Prayer circle in solidarity with the Standing Rock Tribe in front of the UNFCCC Conference site on November 15th, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. Photo credit:   Kayla Faith

 Prayer circle in solidarity with the Standing Rock Tribe in front of the UNFCCC Conference site on November 15th, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. Photo credit: Kayla Faith

  By India Logan-Riley, Aotearoa, Pacific Indigenous Peoples Delegation

The first Conference of the Parties since the creation and entering into force of the Paris Agreement has come to a close. Although there are many aspects of the negotiations that concern the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, this particular CoP has seen large step forward for our engagement with the UNFCCC process.

Systemi n olonia arrier ull, ffectiv n eaningfu articipatio it h NFCCC

structur n ecisio akin rocesse ontinue halleng ha ndigenous Peoples meet. ecisio , ar 3 a mportan ste orwar ncludin ndigenou eople h NFCC tructur n ecisio akin rocesses. Th IPFCC wer nthusiasti bou h reation, tructur n mplementatio hi latform.

As of the closing plenary, the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples platform was made official. The CoP President announced the following decision regarding the platform:

•        To adopt an incremental approach to developing the local communities and indigenous peoples platform, referred to in decision 1/CP.21 paragraph 135, with a view to ensuring its effective operationalization;

•        To request the Chair of the SBSTA to initiate the process to develop the local communities and indigenous peoples platform, which will include convening an open multi-stakeholder dialogue at SBSTA 46 on the operationalization of the platform to be co-moderated by the Chair of the SBSTA and a representative of indigenous peoples organizations;

•        To invite Parties and other stakeholders to submit, by 31 March 2017, their views on the purpose, content and structure of the platform in order to inform the multi-stakeholder dialogue;

•        To request the secretariat to prepare a report on the multi-stakeholder dialogue, which should also draw on the submissions;

•        To also request the SBSTA to consider the report at SBSTA 47 under a new agenda item "local communities and indigenous peoples platform" and conclude its consideration at SBSTA 47 by forwarding recommendations  for  operationalization of the platform  to COP23.

Th latfor as been stablishe ecognitio h ee trengthe h nvolvemen f knowledge, echnologies, ractice n ffort ndigenou eople l limat hange action, n o h xchang xperience n harin es ractice itigatio nd adaptatio olisti n ntegrate anner.

This process over the last two weeks has not been smooth. There were times when we had to remind those involved that Indigenous Peoples in a way that is consistent with UNDRIP and other international legal expectations. However, we applaud the commitment to actioning this platform and look forward to the full, effective and meaningful partnership with the UNFCCC moving forward.


Last session of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus at COP 22 held in the city of Marrakech, Morocco

Last session of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus at COP 22 held in Marrakech, Morocco, November 18, 2016

Last session of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus at COP 22 held in Marrakech, Morocco, November 18, 2016

A message from Adelfo Regino, Latin American Caucus: During the last session of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus at COP 22, held in Marrakech, Morocco, we had a dialogue with government representatives from Ecuador, Guatemala and Australia.

In this meeting we have be made aware of the proposal being made by the President of COP 22 regarding the establishment of a “Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform” in this Climate Change process. I have attached the text, which is only available in English. We are looking for a way to translate into Spanish.

We will be attentive to the evolution of the negotiations in this last day of session. Let's hope there's good news for the Indigenous Peoples of the world.

Indigenous Womens’ Day at COP22

By Genevieve Northey

On Wednesday, 16th November, the Women and Gender Caucus held the second Indigenous Womens’ Day at COP22. All seven regions of the world was represented in the room, with a panel discussion taking place with women from the Arctic, Pacific, Latin America Africa and Asia speaking on their own experiences from the home region.

Although from different and diverse regions of the world, the themes had the common thread of protecting their environment and culture to preserve their way life. The speakers also reiterated the importance of Indigenous women having a space in which to participate in a meaningful way with their governments and in high-level discussions, like those taking place at COP22, on the issue of climate change.

Indigenous women are proud to be part of the solution for Climate Change, through their traditional knowledge and infinity with the environment, which has been passed down through the generations.

The group called on more capacity building funds for indigenous women, so they may participate fully in the high-level meetings and negotiations with the required technical skills. They also called on the need to involve more young indigenous women to come forward and join the constituency to be present to carry the torch forward into the future.

Join the biggest family photo in UNFCCC history for unity and action!

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Join the biggest family photo in UNFCCC history for unity and action!

We hope you will join us around the message that #WeWillMoveAhead with climate action and climate justice here and beyond COP22. 

 What: Gathering for what will be the biggest ever UNFCCC family photo, around unbranded giant banners that read "We Will Move Ahead"

WhenFriday at 12.45 pm

 WhereIn front of conference center entrance - outside, next to the flags

(don't worry, security promised us they will have extra staff to ensure we can out and back into the venue very fast).

 Why: To send an image to the world that we, the global community, are determined to move on and win the fight against climate change. (And we won't let anyone sabotage the transition to a climate resilient future).

 Message: #WeWillMoveAhead

 Organisers: The photo opportunity is organised by Greenpeace but it will be an unbranded activity open for all COP22 delegates.

 Come over and call on everyone - Let's close COP22 with a message of hope, unity and action to the world! 

Message from: Emily Hickson <>

Oxford University calling on UNFCCC to halt the marginalisation of Indigenous Peoples

Oxford University Researchers have released a new report calling on UNFCCC to halt the marginalisation of Indigenous Peoples at its annual COP negotiations.

The report identifies three tiers of marginalisation for Indigenous Peoples at the international climate negotiations. 

Full report is available here: 
Policy brief here:

In a new working paper released today, researchers at the University of Oxford are calling on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to address the marginalisation of Indigenous Peoples. They warn that if the leading international climate body continues to marginalise Indigenous knowledge and adaptations, attempts to solve the climate crisis will be in vain.

Oxford University researchers have identified three tiers of marginalisation that exist at UNFCCC COP events, including COP22 taking place in Marrakesh this week:
·      Politically, Indigenous Peoples are not allowed to self-represent; they are simply ‘observers’ to the negotiations. The nation states speaking on their behalf are responsible for their historical and current political marginalisation.
·      Geographically, the space offered to Indigenous Peoples is outside the main negotiating space of the conference.
·      Economically, Indigenous Peoples attendance is restricted by lack of finances. Developed nations and wealthy lobbyists thus dominate the space; Indigenous Peoples often cannot afford translators.

The new paper argues that solving the climate crisis will be unfeasible without the direct input of Indigenous Peoples and their knowledge. Yet, as the paper points out, the marginalisation faced at annual UNFCCC COP events inhibits this. Further, it goes against International human rights, including the right to self-determination.

Lead author Claudia Comberti says: “Rather than acknowledging the key role Indigenous Peoples should play in creating climate solutions, they are segregated at the climate negotiations and not allowed to self-represent. The UNFCCC needs to change this if it is to create fair and adequate solutions to climate change.”

The paper notes that Indigenous Peoples represent the majority of the world’s cultural diversity. Collectively they hold a wealth of environmental knowledge and adaptation strategies that are crucial to addressing climate change. Indigenous Peoples are also experiencing climate change first, and most strongly than other populations.

The paper proposes four actions to radically improve the situation:
1)   Grant Indigenous Peoples full member status at the UNFCCC, so they can self-represent.
2)   Appoint Indigenous Peoples as experts in negotiations around Adaptation and Loss & Damage
3)   Direct and restructure financial streams to increasing autonomy and voice of Indigenous Peoples – including the Green Climate Fund, and finance for translators and travel
4)   Commit to respecting Indigenous Rights and International human rights – an international agreement that the current situation undermines.

The full paper, released today, is based on several months of research, including interviews and observations at previous UNFCCC COP events.

For full article see:
Policy brief:

Agenda for the last day of the COP22 meeting in Marrakesh: Friday, November 18, 2016.

Selection of events

08.00 – 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 – 12.15 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Affordable Green Energy for Poor Communities 
Organizers: Varhad Capital Pvt Ltd (Green Banking Initiative)/Gravity Power

12.30 – 14.00 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Lessons from the Canadian Arctic on Adapting to Climate Change 
Organizers: McGill University/Inuit Circumpolar Council, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, University of Sunshine Coast

14.15 – 15.15 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Organic Value Chains with Moroccan Communities 
Organizers: High Atlas Foundation

15.30 – 18.30 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Ancestral techniques of the oases for the management of natural resources 
Organizers: Association Oasis Ferkla pour Environnement et Patrimoine/RADDO,RARBOSM

Agenda prepared by DOCIP

Indigenous Peoples Caucus Reiterates Position on Proposed Platform

The Indigenous Peoples Caucus reiterated their consensus position to the President of COP22, Moroccan   Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar   at the meeting of the Indigenous Caucus this morning. Hamza Tber, Chief of Staff,&nbsp;  Multilateral Negotiations, Kingdom of Morocco  &nbsp;accompanied the COP President at the Caucus.&nbsp;

The Indigenous Peoples Caucus reiterated their consensus position to the President of COP22, Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar at the meeting of the Indigenous Caucus this morning. Hamza Tber, Chief of Staff, Multilateral Negotiations, Kingdom of Morocco accompanied the COP President at the Caucus. 

IIPFCC proposed elements for an outcome of the informal consultation on the indigenous peoples platform:

- An incremental approach led by the SBTA chair and a representative of Indigenous Peoples appointed by the Indigenous Peoples themselves who will serve as co-facilitators.

- Invite submissions by parties, Indigenous Peoples and observers by 31 March 2017 on the purpose, content and structure of the indigenous peoples´ platform to inform the dialogue and the process.

- Convene 3 consultations, to be conducted by the co-facilitators during May sessions on the operationalization of the platform, including purpose, content and structure.

- Request the co-facilitators to present the outcomes of the consultations for the consideration and adoption at the COP23.

- Request the secretariat, under the guidance of the co-facilitators, to operationalize the platform taking into account the submissions and the outcomes of this dialogue.

We remain available if you require any further information. We are committed to several bilaterals with a number of Parties throughout the day to reiterate our position.
— Ghazali Ohorella to Hamza Tber, Chief of Staff Multilateral Negotiations, Kingdom of Morocco

Maatalii Okalik Statement at COP22 High Level Plenary

Maatalii Aneraq Okalik,&nbsp;president of the National Inuit Youth Council with the honorable C  atherine Mary   McKenna  &nbsp;PC MP, Canadian   Minister   of Environment and Climate Change

Maatalii Aneraq Okalik, president of the National Inuit Youth Council with the honorable Catherine Mary McKenna PC MP, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change

"Qujannamiik ammalu unnukkut. Maatalii Aneraq Okaliujunga.

Warm thanks and good evening. My name is Maatalii Aneraq Okalik, and I am the president of the National Inuit Youth Council within Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and I am honored to participate at COP, on the Canadian delegation.

Your Excellencies, I commend the work of the parties on the collective effort towards climate action through the Paris Agreement.

Inuit youth in Canada are committed to continuing to exercise our Indigenous right to our culture, language, and way of life as entrenched in the Constitution and international declarations like the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

With your continued leadership that will define our future on climate action, I am hopeful that it is done in cooperation with Indigenous peoples, in platforms, and with respect to our rights, which ultimately support Indigenous self-determination.

Let’s do this together: our collective future depends on it.

Qujannamiik ammalu aakuluuvusi. Thank you."

#InuitYouth #CelebrateLife #ProudToBeInuk #Inuujugut #IndigenousYouth#IndigenousRights #IndigenousCOP22 #UNDRIP

Live TODAY from #COP22 in Morocco

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Canada and the world

Agenda for the COP22 meeting in Marrakesh: Friday, November 11, 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 – 14.15 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Role of the Biocultural Diversity in the Resilience Face to the Climate 
Organizers: Association de Gestion Intégrée des Ressources Agir/MEDNASSES

14.30 – 15.30 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Introduction of the film “Si no somos nosotros, entonces quién: Experiencias de Control y vigilancia territorial desarrolladas por pueblos indígenas y comunidades forestales” 
Organizers: Nación Mayangna/ACOFOP/YATAMA

15.00 – 16.30 Bering Room (Blue Zone) 
Advances and perspectives on the implementation of subnational REDD+ programs in Brazilian Amazon 
Organizers: Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Development of Amazonas (IDESAM)/Sustainable Amazonas Foundation (FAS)

15.00 – 16.30 Pacific Room (Blue Zone) 
Progress in Indigenous REDD+ Alternative in Amarakaire People (Peru) and other countries 
Organizers: Ejecutor de Contrato de Administración de la Reserva Comunal Amarakaeri (ECA - RCA)/Asociación Regional de Pueblos Indígenas de la Selva Central (ARPI-SC)/Coordinadora de Desarrollo y Defensa de los Pueblos Indígenas de la Región San Martín (CODEPISAM)

15.45 – 16.15 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
The Use of Energy Saving Technologies in Climate Change Mitigation 
Organizers: Maganjo Farmers Association (MAFA)

16.30 – 17.30 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Adapting to Climate Change in the Valley of Assif Melloul, Imilchil, Morocco (Preventing Erosion) 
Organizers: Association Akhiam

16.45 – 18.15 Pacific Room (Blue Zone) 
Climate Resilient Indigenous Economies: Pathways to Low-Emission Landscapes for Latin America 
Organizers: Rainforest Alliance (RA)/Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM)/Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)/Forest Trends Association

17.45 – 18.15 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Fighting fire with fire 
Organizers: Kimberley Land Council

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UNESCO Policy on engaging with Indigenous Peoples

Docip has the pleasure to forward you the following message from the UNESCO focal point unit for indigenous issues:

Dear partners, colleagues and friends,

Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, decided in May 2010 to develop a UNESCO Policy on engaging with Indigenous Peoples.

To follow up on this decision, an intersectoral Task Team carried out face-to-face meetings, workshops and interviews with indigenous peoples who have partnered with the Organization in different areas of its mandate. These inputs, reflections and observations have contributed towards the current draft UNESCO policy for engaging with indigenous peoples. The draft policy document contains key principles for engaging with indigenous peoples, and guidelines for how these principles would be applied in UNESCO’s programme areas.

You are invited to review the draft policy and to inform us of your views. The review period runs until 30 November 2016. Following this review, your inputs, comments and criticisms will be taken into account by the Task Team when revising the document, with the aim to submit a final draft for consideration by UNESCO's Executive Board at its 201st session.

Please contact if you’re interested in receiving the draft policy for review.

For more information, please consult our website. If you have any questions on the process, please send them to

With sincere thanks in advance for your review and responses, 
Ms. Trupthi Narayan

On behalf of the UNESCO focal point unit for indigenous issues. 
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Indigenous Peoples Caucus Statement at COP22 APA Session

Jannie Staffansson reads the Indigenous Peoples Caucus statement at the APA session of COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, November 7, 2016 &nbsp; &nbsp;

Jannie Staffansson reads the Indigenous Peoples Caucus statement at the APA session of COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, November 7, 2016   

On Monday, Jannie Staffansson (Sami) delivered the  Indigenous Peoples Caucus Statement at the #UNFCCC Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) opening Plenary. The statement raised recommendations for the future implementation of the Paris Agreement, as well as called upon the countries who signed onto the Geneva Pledge on Human Rights and Climate Change to establish a Working Group or a program on Human Rights and Climate Change within the UNFCCC process. The statement made at the APA session was one of four presented by the Indigenous Peoples Caucus on Monday at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco.  #IIPFCC  #Saamicouncil #IndigenousCOP22

Statement of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) to the Ad Hoc Working Group for the Paris Agreement (APA), November 7, 2016, Marrakech, Morocco

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