Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Submission on Safeguards Information System (SIS): WHAT SHOULD SIS DELIVER FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLESP

The COP 19 decision explicitly mentions that parties are required to submit the most recent summary of information on how all the social and environmental safeguards have been addressed and respected in order to be able to access the results-based finance. However, this does not provide clarity on how effectively and to what extent these safeguards will be addressed. It also lacks the information on ways to redress the potential violation of indigenous peoples’ rights resulting from the REDD+ activities. Therefore, it is vital that the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the upcoming 41th session of Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) in Peru, Lima at COP 20 should strengthen the global requirements on protecting the rights of indigenous peoples by anchoring the Safeguards Information System (SIS) to the international standard on human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights, such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and conventions relevant to indigenous peoples. Also, the 41 session of the SBSTA should come out with the rights based global guidance for REDD+ countries to design Safeguard Information Systems; and to implement, monitor and report on REDD+ safeguards with the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities. 

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