The CCMIN was established by Asia Indigenous Peoples' Pact together with its partner organisations as a channel for information dissemination and exchange at the local, national and regional levels on climate change issues relating to indigenous peoples. Through this monitoring and information network, AIPP hopes to facilitate greater sharing and access to information, and to contribute to awareness-raising and drawing of attention to the particular issues of indigenous peoples and climate change. This partnership endeavor pays special attention to Reducing Emission from De-forestation and Degradation (REDD) and Climate Change Adaptatioin.
ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DECLARATION ON THE 21ST SESSION OF THE UNFCCC-CONFERENCE OF PARTIES (COP21)
INA House, Chiang Mai, Thailand
18 September 2015
Indigenous peoples from 12 countries in Asia held a Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 21st Session of the UN Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP21) from 16-18 September 2015 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The countries include Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Thailand, Lao PDR, Taiwan/China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines and Vietnam.
2030 Development Agenda key for reducing inequality for indigenous peoples, says UN expert body on indigenous issues
NEW YORK (25 September 2015) – A preeminent expert body of the United Nations on indigenous peoples, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the UN General Assembly today.
The transformative Agenda lays out the global goals for reducing poverty, in all its dimensions, over the next decade and a half. “From the least developed countries to the most developed countries, the inequalities faced by indigenous peoples are staggering”, says Professor Megan Davis, Chairperson of the Permanent Forum.
July 14, 2015 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) express our strong support for the Baram peoples in their continuing struggle to stop the construction of the Baram dam. We are encouraged by the determination and resilience exhibited by the indigenous communities who have guarded the blockade site already for more than 630 days. The blockade was set up on October 23, 2013 to stop the dam proponents from pushing through with the preparatory work for the dam construction. We are impressed that the people have been able to sustain the blockade for this long, given the difficult conditions at the blockade site. This shows that the indigenous peoples are fully determined to do everything they can to defend their land, resources and cultural identity for the sake of future generations.
July 14, 2015. Miri, Sarawak – Around 30 indigenous peoples’ leaders from different countries all over Asia traveled to the blockade site at Kilometer 15 to support the people’s opposition to the construction of the Baram Dam. The indigenous leaders, representing the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), joined the Baram people in their call to stop all plans to build the Baram dam because it would displace some 20,000 indigenous peoples from 26 villages and destroy their land, life and resources that they depend on for their survival.
We would like to use this opportunity to reiterate our call on you and Parties to ensure that a truly rights-based approach that recognizes and respects the rights of Indigenous Peoples is adopted in the Paris Agreement that you are currently discussing. We note the reference to the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the paragraph on human rights that appears in section C. Section C and its reference to Indigenous Peoples’ rights must remain in the document, and Parties must ensure that any new iteration of that paragraph retains and strengthens the reference to the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Information sourced out from various sources, Ministry of Home Affairs, daily situation reports of un.org.np, newspaper, websites, etc.
Out of 75 districts, 30 districts in Nepal have been affected with the earthquake on 25 April 2015. The hard hit districts are Gorkha (epicenter of the earthquake), Lamjung (initially reported as the epicenter), Dhadhing, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Ramechhap. All of these districts are populated by various indigenous groups.
28 April 2015
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has caused more than 5,000 deaths and more than 10,000 people injured, as per the country's Emergency Operation Centre on Tuesday. The death toll is rising exponentially by the day as the government rescue efforts are reaching slowly to the areas hardest hit by the earthquake.
Indigenous Food Systems, Agroecology and the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure: A Meeting between Indigenous Peoples and FAO
On the 2nd and 3rd February 2015, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized a technical meeting between indigenous peoples’ representatives and FAO staff. The meeting was attended by twenty indigenous peoples from the different socio-cultural regions, including members of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), political leaders, technical experts, indigenous food producers and traditional knowledge-holders. In addition, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Land Coalition (ILC), civil society and academia also attended the discussions.
AIPP PRESS STATEMENT: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES RAISE CONCERN OVER INDIA’S POSITION ON WORLD BANK SAFEGUARDS
April 13, 2015
The adivasi and tribal peoples in India, together with indigenous organizations and support groups are alarmed by the position of the government of India regarding the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and Proposed Environmental and Social Framework particularly ESS7 on indigenous peoples stating in particular that:
We (government of India) are not comfortable with this provision. Domestic laws of acquisition and protection of such communities already provide for adequate safeguards including consent before acquisition can take place in certain cases. The Bank thus needs to rely on such domestic laws/guidelines where the domestic laws rules etc. take care of such issues.
The proposed clauses like free, prior and informed consent (replacing consultation process) can lead to legal complications, delays, increase in costs and delay in project execution. Management has not been able to explain how the new framework is simple; less onerous and burdensome on the borrowers, compared to the present safeguards policy.