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Statement of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) during the Stock-taking Event, Bonn Climate Conference SB44

May 21st 2016

Madam President, Chairs of SBs,

The IIPFCC would like to reiterate the need for maintaining the momentum created by the adoption and unprecedented signing of the Paris Agreement by parties.

We take note of the progress being made in the various streams of negotiations ongoing in this session and urge for further promotion of a consultative and transparent process going forward.

We note the reference to observers including Indigenous peoples’ engagement reiterated by the European Union in the deliberations under the Ad hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) and encourage other parties and groups to continue enhancing our participation as not only a constituency of the UNFCCC process but as stewards of combatting climate change.

It is our hope and aspirations that the spirit and letter of the Paris Agreement especially on the reference to indigenous peoples’ rights is kept alive in the current conference as well as in the subsequent meetings that will be critical in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

We call upon the parties to ensure coherence in the implementation of the work programme in the coming into force of the Paris Agreement and the modalities of implementation under discussion here in Bonn and most adeptly in the forthcoming COP22 in Marrakech in Morocco in regards to the APA.

Our appreciation to the organizers of this stock taking event.

We thank you Madam President.

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Statement of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change during the opening session of Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA)

Bonn, Germany, May 16th 2016

Thank you Hon. Chair for the opportunity to speak on behalf of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change.

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International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) proposals for amendment to current draft ADP negotiation texts, UNFCCC, COP21, Paris

Please refer to the attached pdf to see the proposals of IIPFCC.

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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:

  • Protect the rights of indigenous peoples to our land, territories and resources and secure our traditional knowledge, innovations and adaptation practices that have sustained diverse ecosystems.
  • Ensure full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in the development, implementation and monitoring of any mitigation and adaptation plans in order to achieve an effective work plan that will result in beneficial impacts to indigenous peoples.
  • We call for the establishment of dedicated funds and mechanisms to ensure direct access to, and administration and management by indigenous peoples of funds to enhance and further develop our adaptation capacities and to strengthen our traditional knowledge, livelihoods and customary land tenure, which we have sustained for generations; and
  • Financial support must also cover compensation for already damaged and lost lands, resources and livelihoods of indigenous peoples due to the adverse impacts of climate change.

International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) Statement in the Opening Plenary of the 42nd Session of SBSTA, 1 June 2015, Bonn, Germany

Thank you chair for this opportunity, to speak on behalf of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate change.

Indigenous peoples’ territories are home to many of the world’s remaining diverse eco-systems and 80% of the planet’s biodiversity. Millions of indigenous peoples around the world depend on forests and other natural resources for their subsistence, livelihoods, cultural survival and overall wellbeing. Because of this close relationship with nature, indigenous peoples are adversely affected by the impacts of climate change.

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