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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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International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) IIPFCC Statement in the opening of the 41st Session of SBSTA in Peru, Lima

1 December 2014

I have the honor to speak on behalf of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC). We demand the adoption of a human rights based approach in all decisions taken within the 41st session of SBSTA. The decisions must respect international human rights instruments and standards including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ILO C169. We have one United Nations and one Human family. We call for respect and promotion of our individual and collective rights with recognition of our distinct cultures, cosmovision and life plans.

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International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change Statement, ADP/S6 October 20-25 2014, 
Bonn Germany

Despite being those least responsible for climate change, Indigenous Peoples are disproportionately affected by it. Climate change threatens Indigenous Peoples’ collective and individual human rights, threatening to destroy our very lifeways, our right to food sovereignty, to health, and our lands, territories and resources.

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Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Submission on Safeguards Information System (SIS): WHAT SHOULD SIS DELIVER FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLESP

The COP 19 decision explicitly mentions that parties are required to submit the most recent summary of information on how all the social and environmental safeguards have been addressed and respected in order to be able to access the results-based finance. However, this does not provide clarity on how effectively and to what extent these safeguards will be addressed. It also lacks the information on ways to redress the potential violation of indigenous peoples’ rights resulting from the REDD+ activities. Therefore, it is vital that the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the upcoming 41th session of Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) in Peru, Lima at COP 20 should strengthen the global requirements on protecting the rights of indigenous peoples by anchoring the Safeguards Information System (SIS) to the international standard on human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights, such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and conventions relevant to indigenous peoples. Also, the 41 session of the SBSTA should come out with the rights based global guidance for REDD+ countries to design Safeguard Information Systems; and to implement, monitor and report on REDD+ safeguards with the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities. 

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Statement of International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC): Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), during its 5th part of the second session Bonn, Germany, 4 June 2014

There is no doubt that Climate change is in reality a profound crisis and climatic aggression against the rights of Mother Earth, the right to life, the right to food and food sovereignty, the right to health, in the end, to human rights and especially the collective rights and life ways of indigenous peoples who are also under threat. It is unacceptable that, without being at all responsible, we are major victims of climate change and climate change causes further imbalance and degradation to our multiple land use systems.

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