Indigenous Peoples Pavilion Update


The purpose of the Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion at COP 21 will be to facilitate the effective engagement of indigenous peoples (IPs) by providing a dedicated space where IPs can gather, strategize, build alliances, conduct meetings, program policy dialogues, and promote their agendas.

The IP Pavilion will be a multi-purpose space that can serve as a “home base” for the hundreds of IP representatives gathering for COP21. It will facilitate interaction and networking among IPs as well as between IPs and policy-makers, partners, media and the global public. It will also provide a “landing space” for key messages, negotiating stances and priority communications coming out of regional dialogues and consultations.

While the IP Pavilion will be located in the ‘Climate Generations Space’, adjacent to the conference site, there will also be a need for programming space for IPs inside the Blue Zone.

Guiding Principles and Objectives

The following principles will guide the planning and execution of the IP Pavilion:

  • Indigenous Leadership: While UNDP and other partners will support the execution of the IP Pavilion, the process should be led by IPs and informed by their vision and priorities.

  • Inclusiveness: Programming will be open to all including those not actively/regularly engaged in the IP Caucus.
  • Balance: Programming will strive to achieve balance among regions, and present a diversity of IP perspectives and priorities.
  • Transparency: Planning and programming of the IP Pavilion will be carried out in a transparent manner.
  • Empowerment: The IP Pavilion will serve as a platform for IP representatives to showcase their work and achievements in priority thematic areas, mobilize around common objectives, and connect with policy makers, partners and the media.
  • Promoting Learning and Knowledge Sharing: The IP Pavilion will provide a space for IPs to tell their stories, exchange best practices, and educate the global public about IP contributions to climate action.
  • Showcasing IP Culture and Achievements: The IP Pavilion will showcase indigenous knowledge and cultures and communicate the contributions IPs make to climate action.
  • Policy Impact: Programming will aim for policy impact on areas of priority to IPs. In order to maximize impact, the proceedings of the Pavilion must be well-documented and communicated.
  • Outward-Facing: The IP Pavilion will promote interaction between indigenous peoples and negotiators, policy-makers, private sector, civil society, media and the global public.
  • Accessibility: The IP Pavilion will be accessible to all and every effort will be made to ensure that language is not a barrier to participation.
  • Shared Ownership: All participants in the IP Pavilion share responsibility for the success and care of the space. Event organizers will be responsible for leaving their event space as they found it and disposing of materials brought into the space before the end of COP.
  • High Visibility: The IP Pavilion will be an attractive and well-promoted space that visually communicates IP priorities, key messages and unifying themes for the IP presence at COP21.
  • Links to Blue Zone: To ensure that the IP Pavilion advances IP engagement in the COP proceedings, strong connection to the Blue Zone proceedings must be ensured and vice versa.
  • Lasting Impact: The IP Pavilion aims to have a lasting impact beyond COP 21 by providing opportunities to build and strengthen alliances, promote IP positions and perspectives, plan for the advancement of IP priorities, and documenting and disseminating the outcomes of the Pavilion proceedings.

Organization and Program

The Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion is being organized and programmed by the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) with support from the Governments of Norway and France, in addition to UNDP.

The programme for the Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion will be organized into regional days, one for each of the IIPFCC regions: Africa, The Arctic, Asia, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, The Pacific, and Russia and Eastern Europe. The remainder of the days will be programed to include cross-cutting thematic issues. Activities and events that are to take in Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion will advance Indigenous Peoples aspirations and intentions for COP 21 and beyond.


The Indigenous Peoples' Pavilion is located in the Climate Generations Spaces adjacent to the COP 21 negotiations. This area is open to the public and does not require formal UNFCCC accreditation. The address is: EspacesGénérationsClimat, Parcd’expositions, Le Bourget, Paris, 93350. The Indigenous Peoples' Pavilion is next to the IUCN Pavilion and adjacent to food stands.

Dates and time

It will open from 1 - 11 December except on Sunday 6 December, when the entire Climate Generations Spaces is closed. The hours of operation will be 10:30am to 7:30pm daily.


The Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion is divided into five principle areas: an Auditorium (approximately 125 person-capacity), a Round House (approximately 50 person-capacity), Multimedia Spaces, Exhibition Spaces, and a Media Box.

We are happy to help arrange seating and basic audio-visual set-up (screen, microphone, projector). However, all costs for event materials, interpretation, catering, marketing and other promotional materials, are the responsibility of the event organizers. Please be patient as cost breakdown for these items are forthcoming. We will send them as soon as they are available.

All information shared with event organizers will available in our shared Google Folder:


If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Maryka Paquette -

Joel Cerda -

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Guide: Exhibitors and Conference Holders

From November 30th to December 11th, 120 stands, 20 exhibitions, 390 conferences and 70 film screenings will set the pace at the Climate Generations areas. Citizens, experts, media and public leaders from all walks of life are invited to take part in the debate.

Throughout the opening period, the Commissioner General of the Climate Generations areas will provide you with all the help you need to ensure the success of your initiatives. 

This “Guide for Exhibitors and Conference holders” contains all the information you need to prepare for your arrival at the Climate Generations areas. They will open on Monday, November 30th for exhibitors and persons accredited by the UN, before the general opening to the public on Tuesday, December 1rst. The Climate Generations areas will be open, without accreditation, every day until December the 11th inclusive, except Sunday, December 6th.

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COP21/CMP11 Construction Work

Planing and construction of the conference


  1. Press Release
  2. Description and operation of the 3 site areas: the Conference Centre, the Climate Generations areas and the Gallery
  3. A 2,000-seater, plenary room made entirely of wood, commensurate with the challenge
  4. A conference that is ISO 20121 certified and carbon neutral
  5. Key Figures

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