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 - 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
"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
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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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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"
When: Friday at 12.45 pm
Where: In 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).
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!
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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: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2870412
Policy brief here: bit.ly/2fI1jR9
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: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2870412
Policy brief: http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/publications/policy-brief-pdf/20161116_IP-marginalisation_CComberti.pdf
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
By India Logan-Riley
Here, on Tuesday at CoP22, the caucus continued work on our preferred structure and process of an Indigenous Knowledge Platform in the UNFCCC. This work is crucial to influencing the ways that NDCs (nationally determined contributions) will be implemented, and making sure implementation does not harm indigenous peoples but lifts us up in partnership.
This means continuing to lobby states to support the establishment of the Indigenous Peoples Platform under Paragraph 135 of the Paris Agreement. To show support for this, we had a special guest at the morning’s meeting. The ambassador from Bolivia communicated their country’s backing of the platform and requested further dialogue with IP caucus to ensure consistency in understanding of any proposals put forward to the CoP Presidency and Parties.
In other areas, the caucus continues to work hard to complete statements across all workstreams here including: SBSTA; SBI; APA and Finance. There are also impromptu lobbying meetings occurring with key states as the opportunities arise.
The IP Caucus will present a statement, 1min in length to the High Level Segment on Wednesday 16th Nov. Its important that we present our highest priority level input and ensure that we are heard.
On Sunday, November 13, 2016 thousands of Climate Justice allies around the world marched in the streets of Marrakech to call attention to their struggles, their innovative solutions, and to demand real action from the governments meeting at the UNFCCC COP 22 conference. The march was led by Amazigh Indigenous Peoples of Morocco and other parts of North Africa as well as by other Indigenous Peoples from around the world.
Photo by Emily Arasim/ Women's Earth and Climate Action Network
By India Logan-Riley
Over the duration of CoP22, the secretariat have been consulting on the structure of an Indigenous Knowledge Platform. The information from the informal consultation and those that we have obtained from various sources at COP22, it is our understanding that the Presidency wanted the platform as one of the outcomes of COP22. Over the first week, the secretariat had been meeting with representatives of the caucus to discuss this and hear our ongoing input.
However, on Monday, we learned with very short notice that the secretariat and states were holding an informal consultation about the platform without indigenous peoples present. This concerning information touches on two key issues for indigenous peoples: that of full and effective participation; and recognition of indigenous knowledge. Click here to find out more about what this means for the IIPFCC.
So what happened in the meeting?
Members of the caucus attended the meeting where Ecuador requested that the indigenous peoples speak first and we were able to give our statement on the matter.
Despite the number of Parties present, we note that all took the floor. Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia, Australia, and Panama made significant and sometimes reinforcing statements. It is our observation that Bolivia and Ecuador are the “champions of our positions” and are on the rights side of the argument yet require further guidance from Indigenous Peoples. We have been informed that Bolivia is keen to seek direction from the IIPFCC on the “Indigenous peoples and local communities”. We have faced this issue before under CBD Article 8(j), where it has been our position to have the knowledge platform focus solely on Indigenous Peoples knowledge.
We know New Zealand (through bilaterals) and Australia are in favor of further discussions regarding the Indigenous platform. We have also reached out to other Pacific States, we will try to meet them bilaterally within the next days. The European Union was cautious about the process, as the platform needs to be agreed to by all Parties and would like to see the process to go step by step. A view which is in line with our view that the COP presidency is rushing into this and the need to establish a timeline that provides sufficient time for full, effective, direct and meaningful participation.
Our concern is the absence of Mexico, as the champion of human rights during COP21 and leader of the group of States friendly to human rights, we have received little to no indication of their support for the human rights of Indigenous Peoples. It is our view that Indigenous Peoples must go into a bilateral meeting as soon as possible. Further, as far as we understand, the Asia, and Africa regional group have not voiced their views yet. We believe that a number of Parties are awaiting further information regarding the platform before engaging into consultations.
Moving forward, we hope that it becomes needless for us to have to keep reclaiming our knowledge, ways of life and spaces back
More updates on an indigenous knowledge platform development to come.
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
Agenda prepared by DOCIP
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in receiving the draft policy for review.
With sincere thanks in advance for your review and responses,
Ms. Trupthi Narayan
On behalf of the UNESCO focal point unit for indigenous issues.
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
The COP22 venue is at Bab Ighli is located approximately 10 minutes away from the Marrakech city centre and 10 minutes from Marrakech Airport. It consists of the main conference area, also known as the “Blue Zone”, and space for civil society and other participants also known as the “Green Zone”.
Registration is open from 5 November until Friday, 18 November 2016, from 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. The acknowledgement letter of the participant’s confirmation, obtained through confirmation in the online registration system, and a valid passport or a nationally approved photo identification card should be presented to the registration staff in order to ensure the issuance of your badge.)
IPs Caucus daily meeting will take place from 9.00 AM-10.00 AM at room Arabian at Blue zone
Opening days and hours of the office of Bank Al-Maghrib at the Bab Ighli conference site: From Monday, 7 November, to Friday, 18 November 2016, from 9.00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please note that the Bank office will be closed on Saturday, 12 November, and Sunday, 13 November 2016. The Bank office is located in the Services area