Statement of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) in the UNSG Climate Action Summit

We are more than 400 million Indigenous Peoples in the world, and we protect 80% of the world's biodiversity. We are committed to working with all partners to address climate change with a human rights-based approach.

We commit to:

  • Leading the implementation of holistic plans to protect our biocultural diversity, ensuring the inclusion of our most marginalized
  • Develop actions to secure our rights to lands, territories and resources, self-determination and Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)
  • Access the development of renewable energies in accordance with our self-determination and FPIC

For Immediate Release: World Indigenous Peoples Present Climate Action Commitments at UNSG Climate Action Summit

23 September 2019, New York City, NY - The International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) met in New York City at the United Nations before the UNSG Climate Action Summit to finalize the Indigenous Peoples commitments on climate action.

Mr. Tuntiak Katan from the Shuar people of Ecuador will present a brief statement today insidethe UNSG Climate Action Summit on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples outlining our threecommitments to 1) Lead the implementation of holistic plans to protect biocultural diversity,ensuring the inclusion of our most marginalized; 2) Develop actions to secure indigenouspeoples’ rights to lands, territories and resources, self-determination and free, prior and informedconsent (FPIC); 3) Access the development of renewable energies in accordance with ourself-determination and FPIC.

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

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 

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.


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. 

Download this file (UN Environment Policy on Environmental Defenders_08.02.18Clean.pdf)Environmental Defenders Policy [Environmental Defenders Policy of UN Environment ]162 kB

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Foundation organized its 4th Adaptation Learning Highway in the Philippines

Shared Commonalities and Lessons

As part of the ongoing partnership between Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Foundation and MISEREOR on “Building the Resiliency of Indigenous Communities on Climate Change Adaptation,” the 4th Adaptation Learning Highway (ALH) was held in the Philippines on March 17-19, 2018. The community visits and interaction with indigenous communities of the Philippines provided the indigenous peoples’ and government representatives from Thailand, the Philippines, and Nepal productive sessions of exchange of knowledge and experiences where they gained common insights and lessons about adaptation in the face of climate change. Host organization Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services Inc. (CorDisRDS) facilitated the travel to the communities of Kayan in Tadian and in Sagada, Mt. Province.

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Stand up for Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Statement of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)* for Human Rights Day 2017

Despite the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948, violations against human rights remain unabated and for indigenous peoples, we continue to face the systemic, structural and cultural barriers. Our rights were finally recognized through the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007 after more than half a century after the adoption of UDHR. Please, open the attachment to read the full statement 

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The Statement from the Indigenous Peoples’ Major Group, The Third UN Assembly on The Environment

UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi Kenya Dec. 4-6, 2017
Indigenous peoples have always regarded our health and wellbeing as intrinsically linked to our natural environment. We have thereby nurtured our territories not only for our health and wellbeing but also for our culture, collective survival and that of the future generation. Please, open the attachment to read the full statement 

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