MEDIA RELEASE: “Islands of nature in a sea of decline – indigenous and local knowledge, action and contributions key to saving the world’s nature”

Nature is decreasing worldwide at an alarming rate – it is time to look to indigenous peoples to help find the solution. This was one of the key conclusions reached in the first global assessment of nature and biodiversity, released today (6 May) in Paris.

 "We are at a historical crossroads for humanity,” said Cristiana Paşca Palmer, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Biodiversity Convention, speaking in Paris this week at the closing of the IPBES 7 plenary session. please, click the link for detail Media Release 


AIPP and IWGIA Submission on possible activities for the local communities and indigenous peoples' plataform under the UNFCCC

Statement of the International Indigenous Peoples´ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) from Bangkok Climate Change Conference

The International Indigenous Peoples´ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) welcomes the recognition of human rights, including the rights of Indigenous Peoples, in the Paris Agreement and Paris Decision. These rights must inform all climate actions,

and the Implementation Guidelines being addressed this week are vital to ensuring implementation of these rights on the ground. The guidelines must reflect the rightsbased approach in their operative sections, ensuring our full and effective participation, including that of our women, in all processes, and our traditional knowledge should be integrated in all climate activities.


Report of the Multi-Stakeholder Workshop: Implementing the Functions of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

This is a summary report of the first activity of the local communities and indigenous peoples platform (LCIPP), which was established at COP 21 and fully operationalised at COP 23 in November 2017. Figure 1 provides an overview of the LCIPP timeline. The first activity of the platform was a multi-stakeholder workshop, which took place on 1 May, 2018. The report has been prepared by the UNFCCC secretariat under the guidance of the co-moderators of the workshop. It is intended for information; to capture, as well as possible, the rich exchanges that took place during the workshop; and to provide a written record of the proceedings.  Click an attachment for full report 

Environmental Defenders Policy of the UN Environment Programme

The Environmental Defenders Policy promotes greater protection for individuals and groups who are defending their environmental rights and identifies solutions to mitigate the abuse of environmental rights which affects a growing number of people in many parts of the world. UN Environment seeks to support the upholding of environmental rights and opposes the growing wave of violence against environmental defenders as well as the prevailing impunity with which these acts are being committed. Click to access in different six languages. 

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