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Statement of International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) in the opening plenary of Subsidiary Body on Implementation, June 1, 2015

Indigenous peoples have sustainably managed their ecosystems and biodiversity for thousands of years and have contributed minimal carbon emissions. Yet, the accelerating climate devastation brought about by unsustainable development is causing profound and disproportionate adverse impacts on indigenous peoples - on our cultures, human and environmental health, human rights, well-being, traditional livelihoods, food systems and food sovereignty, local infrastructure, economic viability, and our very survival as Indigenous Peoples. It is therefore necessary to decisively address the issue and stop further destruction of life and to ensure the future of the next generations.

Given the magnitude of climate change impacts and the challenges to enhance resilience and capacities of communities, we reiterate the following: