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Learning and understanding living in harmony with nature from Karen knowledge holders in the Karen language

Language is not only a tool for communication but also the identity of Indigenous Peoples which represents who we are and our distinct relationship with land, territories and resources. Most of the Indigenous Communities have oral traditions. Therefore, language is the key medium through which Indigenous Knowledge holders transmit knowledge and innovations relating to natural resources, governance systems, traditional dances and songs, handicrafts and art, among others, from generation to generation.

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Briefing Paper on "Participation for Empowerment: How are Indigenous Peoples Fairing in the SDGs?"

AIPP has a vision to ensure that Indigenous peoples in Asia are fully exercising their rights, maintaining their distinct cultures and identities, living with dignity, and enhancing their sustainable management systems on lands, territories and resources (for their own future and development) in an environment of peace,

justice and equality.


AIPP and its member-organizations and networks have been engaged in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Four years into the implementation of the SDGs, there is seen a widening inequalities in wealth, power and resources between the rich and the poor and on ethnic lines and between countries. For indigenous peoples, some of the agenda, such as clean energy projects, pose serious risk because often these projects are implemented on the lands and territories of indigenous peoples. It is, therefore, very important

that the implementation of the 2030 Agenda takes place in the spirit of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). This means that indigenous peoples’ self-determined development is respected and promoted.


Land for indigenous peoples is the only basis for the continuity of their identity and for their holistic development. Hence, this aspect needs to be radically considered and respected to ensure that indigenous peoples are not left behind in the vision 2030 Agenda.


In this context and in line with the theme of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), AIPP gathered perspectives of the indigenous peoples in Asia on the 2019 HLPF theme “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.” The following represents the outcome of the responses from indigenous organizations and leaders in Asia: Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Malaysia.

Briefer on "Shifting Cultivation and Indigenous Peoples"

An estimated 80 million people in Asia depend fully or partly on shifting cultivation for their livelihood and food security. Majority of the shifting cultivators are indigenous peoples for whom the importance of this activity goes beyond mere economic concerns. It is the pivot around which their annual work and ritual cycle revolve, forming an intricate part of their way of life and cultural identity. The practice of shifting cultivation also enhances the biodiversity of forests with more flora and fauna.

Indigenous Peoples’ Initiatives for Land Rights Recognition in Asia

AIPP dedicates this publication to the indigenous peoples in Asia including indigenous women, youth and indigenous persons with disabilities, who continue to assert and defend their collective rights to their lands, territories and resources.  

Read more: Indigenous Peoples’ Initiatives for Land Rights Recognition in Asia

Regional Report of the Partnership between Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the UN-REDD Programme

Thirteen countries in Asia are preparing to get ready for REDD+. While these countries are moving ahead with REDD+ preparation, the awareness raising and capacity building of rights holders and their organizations for policy advocacy is very important. In this context, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), with the support of the UN-REDD Programme, joined hands with its local organizations to promote closer collaboration and cooperation amongst indigenous peoples, and with the UN-REDD Programme and government agencies implementing REDD+ in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Viet Nam.

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Read more: Regional Report of the Partnership between Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the UN-REDD Programme

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