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Equator Prize 2015 - Call for Nominations PDF Print
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:50

Equator Prize 2015


The Equator Initiative is pleased to announce a global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2015 as part of an extensive partnership effort underway to strengthen and highlight the role of indigenous peoples and local communities at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP21).

The Equator Prize 2015 will be awarded to 20 outstanding local and indigenous initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.


Statement by the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) PDF Print
Monday, 23 March 2015 14:08

World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)

March 17, 2015, Sendai, Japan

Delivered by Galina Angarova, Organizing Partner for the IPMG


Dear Mr. President, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I speak here on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group which represents 370 million indigenous peoples who live in 90 countries around the world. Indigenous peoples's territories span across over 24% of the earth's surface and they manage 80% of the world's biodiversity. At the same time, we are 5% of the total global population and 15% of the world's poorest and the number has not changed much since the inception of Millennium Development Goals in 2000. We continue to be overrepresented among the poorest and most vulnerable segments of society. Indigenous Peoples are often dispossessed and removed from their traditional lands and territories and deprived of their resources for survival, further weakening their capacity to deal with hazards, both natural and man-made.

On the outset, the IMPG has been happy with the process leading up to the WCDRR and with the current version of the outcome document that contains a number of references to indigenous peoples and there is a very strong emphasis on traditional knowledge. We hope that the final version of the outcome document retains suggested references and includes effective approaches to reduce risk to disasters through engaging indigenous leaders and their communities.

Side Event Invitation, UNFCCC COP20, Lima, Peru PDF Print
Thursday, 04 December 2014 01:33


You are invited to the side event "Indigenous Peoples, Health and Community-Based Monitoring Systems/Poblaciones indigenas, salud y sistema de monitoramento comunitario" to be held on Wednesday, 03 December from 15:00-16:30 at Room Maranga, Hall G.

IP Caucus Statement: ADP 2.6 PDF Print


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.

Here in Bonn you are expected to approve two draft conclusions to be adopted in Lima, one on “Information that Parties will have to produce when putting forward their INDCs” and another on “accelerating the implementation of enhanced pre-2020 climate action”. We think that the determination to include Human rights commitments in climate actions and decisions as recently recommended by the UNHR Council will have to be reflected also in these two documents. The Outcome Document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples recently adopted by the UN General Assembly, also calls for a UN system-wide plan to ensure the implementation of our rights under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to provide for the participation of Indigenous Peoples’ representatives and institutions in matters affecting them, and specifically affirming our right to free, prior, and informed consent in all matters affecting our lands, territories, and natural resources. These should explicitly recognize the role of indigenous peoples, the need to ensure a rights-based approach, the commitment to ensure non-carbon benefits in adaptation and mitigation, the implementation of social and environmental safeguards, including free prior informed consent and engagement of IPs.

Submission on the Safeguards Information System PDF Print


Submission on Safeguard Information Systems (SIS) on the Types of Information on How the Safeguards are Being Addressed and Respected

Submission by Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education) Also on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Partnership on Climate Change, Forests and Sustainable Development, 24 September 2014

This submission is in line with the consideration of SBSTA at its forty-­first session (December 2014), inviting the following:

  • Developing country Parties to submit to the secretariat, by 24 September 2014, their views on experiences and lessons learned from their development of systems for providing information on how all the safeguards are being addressed and respected and the challenges they face in developing such systems;
  • Parties and admitted observer organizations to submit to the secretariat, by 24 September 2014, their views on the type of information from systems for providing information on how the safeguards are being addressed and respected that would be helpful and that may be provided by developing country Parties.


This submission reiterates the Cancun Agreements wherein parties agreed to develop a robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of REDD Plus activities, including sub-­national monitoring and reporting as an interim measure. The establishment of a robust national forest monitoring system is meant to monitor and report on how developing States-­Parties are reducing their emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conserving and enhancing forest carbon stocks and sustainably managing forests. Paragraph 71(d) of the Cancun Agreement further requests developing country Parties to develop a Safeguard Information System (SIS) for providing information on how the safeguards in the Cancun Agreement are being addressed and respected.

Download the submission in .pdf.

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