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Tebtebba/FPP Side Event at SB42, 8 June 2015
Deforestation, Climate Finance and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; 1:15pm at Bonn2, World Conference Center

Video: Tebtebba Press Conference, 15 Nov. 2013
TYPHOON HAIYAN AND EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS: How Indigenous Peoples are Coping with Disasters

Tebtebba/Partnership Side Event
Side event of Tebtebba and Indigenous Peoples' Partnership on Climate Change & Forests at COP 19, 13 Nov 2013 at Warsaw, Poland.

Video: Tebtebba Press Conference, 4 Dec. 2012
Analysis of the Current State of COP18 Negotiations and Indigenous Peoples' Demands on the Green Climate Fund

Interview! Climate Change Studio
Recognizing and incorporating indigenous peoples' demands in the climate change negotiations, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

IIPFCC Policy Paper
International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) Policy Paper on Climate Change
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Side event during the UN Climate Change Conference PDF Print
Monday, 30 April 2018 14:31


UNFCCC side event
Panel Speakers:

Mr. Kimaren Ole Riamit
Exective Director
Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement
Partners (ILEPA), Kenya
Ms. Helen Magata
Climate Change Adaptation and
Mitigation Program
Mr. Gideon Ole Sanago
Coordinator for Climate Change
Pastoralists Indigenous Non Governmental Organizations  (PINGO's Forum), Tanzania
Mr. Tunga Bhadra Rai
National Coordinator, Climate Change Partnership Program
Nepal Federation of Indigenous
Nationalities, Nepal

Ms. Kathrin Wessendorf
International Work Group for
Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)


Side event during the 17th Session of the UNPFII PDF Print
Friday, 13 April 2018 13:21




Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples


Ms. Joan Carling


IP Major Group for Sustainable Development

DOING IT RIGHT! Sustainable Energy and Indigenous Peoples PDF Print
Saturday, 24 February 2018 13:47

A briefing paper by the Indigenous Peoples Major Group, with contributions from the Danish Institute for Human Rights.


February 2018


Introduction: Access I to energy for all - at what price?

According to the OECD and the IEA 14% of the world’s population currently has no access to electricity. 84% of these people live in rural areas. Indigenous peoples comprise 15% of the world’s extreme poor, while representing only 5% of the global population – and make up a staggering one third of the world’s 900 million extremely poor rural people (IFAD 2018). Indigenous peoples are therefore a critical demographic that needs to be put at the centre of the global dialogue on energy if SDG 7 on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is to be achieved.


Despite this fact, indigenous peoples suffer invisibility when it comes to our understanding of energy access. There is little consistent and comparable disaggregated data available to provide a clear global picture of indigenous peoples’ access to energy in contrast to non-indigenous populations. Even major reports from key initiatives aligned with SDG 7 [1] either don’t mention, or only superficially refer to, indigenous peoples and fail to examine their unique challenges as a distinct group with regards to energy access.


At the same time, indigenous territories host big renewable energy projects and other “clean energy” such as large hydro dams, wind mill farms andgeothermal plants without meaningful consultations with and consent by indigenous peoples who have prior rights to their lands and resources. These projects have resulted in conflicts, displacements, destruction of livelihoods, and have violated indigenous peoples’ rights and undermined their self-determined development. Furthermore, often the main objectives of many of these projects are to supply energy for industrial activity, urban areas and other infrastructure projects for profit, rather than to provide energy for indigenous peoples and marginalised



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Statement of Indigenous Peoples Calling for the Adoption of the Indigenous Peoples Policy at GCF BM19 PDF Print
Saturday, 24 February 2018 09:21


Statement of Indigenous Peoples Calling for the Adoption of the Indigenous Peoples Policy during the 19th Meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund


14 February 2018

After a long process of elaboration and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, the final draft of the GCF Indigenous Peoples Policy is now in the
Lumad agenda of your B19 meeting for consideration and approval, together with two other key policies, the ESMS and the new Gender and Social Inclusion Policy. At the same time, you will be discussing the approval of 23 projects, at least one third of which directly or indirectly have the potential to affect Indigenous Peoples.  A random look at the projects in the pipeline for consideration and elaboration also confirms the need for a cogent policy on indigenous peoples to be adopted as a matter of urgency.

 Initially slated for consideration and approval at B17 and then postponed to B18 and now to B19 due to a full agenda of the Board, the Indigenous Peoples Policy of the GCF has now undergone three stages of elaboration and inputs from stakeholders. Well aware of its importance, we have dedicated a substantial amount of time and energy to share the subsequent drafts of the Policy with our constituencies and solicit comments and inputs in order to contribute to ensure a wide discussion where a plurality of perspectives of indigenous peoples could be taken into due account.

We wish to express our appreciation to the Board for its support to develop the Policy and to the GCF Secretariat for its efforts to integrate our concerns and proposed elements of the Policy in the three drafts, including the most recent version, that is now for discussion at B19.


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