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.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MAJOR GROUP POLICY BRIEF ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA: A WORKING DRAFT
Learning from the Millennium Development Goals and leaving no one behind
The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Post-2015 Development Agenda aspire to “leave no one behind.” The Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG), however, notes with concern that many references to “indigenous peoples” were deleted in the final Outcome Document of the Open-ended Working Group on the SDGs (OWG) to be considered for adoption by the UN General Assembly. The near “invisibility” of indigenous peoples in the current draft of the SDGs poses a serious risk of repeating their negative experiences with national development processes and efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as further marginalization in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. With the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples, the new SDGs could present a unique opportunity to not only the remedy shortcomings of the MDG process, but also historic injustices resulting from racism, discrimination, and inequalities long suffered by indigenous peoples around the world.
ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PACT (AIPP) SUBMISSION TO THE SUBSIDIARY BODY FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVICE (SBSTA), MARCH 25, 2015
Indigenous peoples’ territories are home to the world’s remaining forests and these comprise 80% of the planet’s biodiversity. More than 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia depend on forests and other natural resources for their subsistence, livelihoods, cultural practices and overall wellbeing. The indigenous peoples live in remote areas, which are geographically vulnerable to disasters, thereby increasing the risk that they face. The high level of risk to disasters is further compounded by the indigenous peoples’ lack of access to basic facilities and infrastructures, their economic marginalization and social discrimination, and further imposition and incursion of development projects. Projects being implemented in indigenous territories include large-scale mining, dams, mono-crop plantations, commercial agriculture and logging, among others. As a result, the natural buffers against storms, flooding, coastal and soil erosion, strong waves and other forms of disaster are severely being destroyed, further exposing indigenous peoples to face the brunt of such disasters. Furthermore, these projects deal adverse socio-cultural and economic impacts on the indigenous peoples.
Statement by the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) in the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)
March 17, 2015, Sendai, Japan
Dear Mr. President, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
I speak here on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group, which represents 370 million indigenous peoples who live in 90 countries around the world. Indigenous peoples' territories span across over 24% of the earth's surface and they manage 80% of the world's biodiversity. At the same time, we are 5% of the total global population and 15% of the world's poorest and the number has not changed much since the inception of Millennium Development Goals in 2000. We continue to be overrepresented among the poorest and most vulnerable segments of society. Indigenous Peoples are often dispossessed and removed from their traditional lands and territories and deprived of their resources for survival, further weakening their capacity to deal with hazards, both natural and man-made.
UPSCALE THE RECOGNITION OF LAND RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AS KEY TO FOREST-BASED SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE
For Immediate Release
21 March 2015
Forest is the lifeline and cultural heritage of more than 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia. According to the World Bank Study “The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation: the Natural but Often Forgotten Partners” traditional indigenous territories encompass up to 22 percent of the world’s land surface and they coincide with areas that hold 80% of the planet’s biodiversity. This is the result of indigenous peoples’ historical stewardship and practice of low carbon and sustainable management of forests as their territory. However, the legal recognition of indigenous peoples as distinct from the majority of the population, and the entitlement to collective rights to their lands, territories and resources under international human rights standards continue to be denied by many states. Massive logging, expansion of palm oil plantations and wide-scale mono cropping, conversion of forestlands to commercial and destructive projects still prevail. These are taking place inspite of the serious problem of global carbon emission (around 20% of the total) arising from the deforestation and forest degradation, which are major causes of climate change.
World Conference adopts new international framework for disaster risk reduction after marathon negotiations
18 March 2015, SENDAI – Representatives from 187 UN member States today adopted the first major agreement of the Post-2015 development agenda, a far reaching new framework for disaster risk reduction with seven targets and four priorities for action.
Conference President, Ms. Eriko Yamatani, Minister of State for Disaster Management, announced agreement on the text, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 – the new international framework for disaster risk reduction, following a marathon final round of negotiations which went on for over 30 hours.
Thousands march to New Delhi to protest proposed law change that would allow mass land evictions.
Saif Khalid | 11 Mar 2015 12:35
It took eight days of walking for 80-year-old Dhanmatya Mumat to reach New Delhi.
Like thousands of other farmers from rural India, Mumat - from the state of Bihar - made the 1,000km-long trip to the Indian capital to protest proposed changes to a little known land law that he said would destroy his life.
PRESS STATEMENT: United Nations Human Rights Office concerned by the situation of human rights in relation to land in Thailand
BANGKOK (11 March 2015) -The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) is concerned that the rights of poor communities in maintaining access to land and livelihood are not being upheld and urges the Government to comply with its international human rights obligations in pursuing its land polices.
Strengthen the Climate Change Agenda and Indonesian Commitment to Protect Forests
Jakarta, March 5, 2015.
The climate change agenda and Indonesia's commitment to protect forests should receive more attention from the Government of Indonesia. This is the request of the Civil Society Coalition for Saving Indonesian Forest and Global Climate in a press statement. This announcement is motivated by the issuance of Presidential Regulation No. 16 Year 2015 on the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) which combines the two ministries as well as two ministry-level institutions which are the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC) and REDD+ Agency (BP REDD+).
ROME, Feb 23 2015 (IPS) - Overcoming hunger and malnutrition in the 21st century no longer means simply increasing the quantity of available food but also the quality.
Despite numerous achievements in the world’s food systems, approximately 805 million people suffer from chronic hunger and roughly two billion peoples suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiencies while, at the same time, over 2.8 billion people are obese.