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Call for Applications: A capacity building program on the UNDRIP and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

  “Leaving No One Behind” To mark the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [UNDRIP], the DTP and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact is holding a capacity building program on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. June 21-25, 2017, Thailand Call for Applications The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact is calling for applications for this new program which aims to build capacity of Indigenous Peoples advocates in the Asia-Pacific region to use the United Nations Declaration on ...

AIPP, IWGIA and NEFIN co-organized a side event focusing on “Indigenous peoples rights: Implementation gaps and the IPs platform as a first step”

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), International Work Group for indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) co-organized a side event entitled “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Implementation Gaps and the Indigenous Peoples’ Platform as a First Step” on 10 May in the ongoing climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Ms. Kathrin Wessendorf of International Work Group of Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) co-moderated the side event. Mr. Kittisak Rattanakrajangsri, Chairperson of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) shared that “Indigenous peoples have wealth of indigenous knowledge relating to weather forecasting; land ...

Secure Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights to Combat Climate Change

ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PACT STATEMENT  ON EARTH DAY – 22 APRIL 2017 Secure Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights to Combat Climate Change Chiang Mai, Thailand-We, indigenous peoples, are the custodians of the world’s remaining forests as well as oceans and seas. Our lands comprise 80% of the planet’s biodiversity[i]. Our historical stewardship of natural resources, practice of low carbon life style and above all, relentless actions to defend our homes have been contributing to the conservation, enhancement and sustainability of world’s biodiversity and ecosystems. Despite this, many states in Asia do not recognize our identities as indigenous peoples and have been ...

Indigenous Peoples of Asia Celebrating the Earth Day! 22 April, 2017

“Secure Indigenous Peoples’ #landrightsnow to Combat Climate Change!” Since the time of our ancestors, indigenous peoples across the world have been the guardians of the Mother Earth. As a collective entity, indigenous peoples play vital role and has a significant contribution to the conservation and sustainability of the biodiversity and the world’s ecosystems. With an estimated number of more than 250 million, Asia remains the region with the highest number of indigenous population in the world. We, the indigenous peoples of Asia, are living in rainforests, wetlands, mountains and coastal areas and using the concept of collective land rights and natural resources management as the basis of our life cycle for centuries. ...

Indonesia: First woman to lead world’s largest indigenous peoples alliance

20 March 2017 / Philip Jacobson Rukka Sombolinggi’s selection as next secretary general of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago brought to a close the organization’s fifth congress on Sunday. Sombolinggi is a Torajan woman from Sulawesi island with a long history in the indigenous rights movement. AMAN’s next congress will be held in Papua in 2022. TANJUNG GUSTA, Indonesia — Rukka Sombolinggi was selected as secretary general of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) on Sunday, becoming the organization’s first female leader since its founding in 1999, the year after Indonesia became a democracy. The closing day of ...

Myanmar: U.S. Embassy in Burma recognizes women environmental leaders in Myanmar

By Mekong Partnership for the Environment Yangon, Myanmar, March 17, 2017 For the inaugural Women of Change Award, the U.S. Embassy in Burma has selected two women who are fighting to ensure communities have a voice in development. Naw Ei Ei Min and Yi Yi Cho are among six women selected to receive this award recognizing outstanding women in Myanmar who have made significant impacts and lasting contributions to their communities. The two women are representatives for Myanmar on the Regional Technical Working Group on EIA, a group of regional civil society and government experts working to improve public participation in infrastructure development. ...

Indigenous women in Asia meet for the 3rd annual regional exchange

30 indigenous women from eight countries in Asia gathered in Yangon, Myanmar for AIPP’s 3rd Exchange Visit with the theme: Building and Strengthening Women’s Networks in the Mekong Region and South Asia last November 30, 2016. Supported by local host Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), the indigenous women participants from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Mainland and Northeast India, Nepal and Cambodia actively engaged, shared and collaborated over the course of the four-day event, particularly on their experiences of climate change within their respective contexts. At the end of the event, these women left with a strong and progressive statement to be ...

Malaria, murder and occupational hazards of indigenous activists in the Philippines

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by Alisa Tang | @alisatang | Thomson Reuters Foundation CHIANG MAI, Thailand, Nov 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A little over a decade ago, indigenous activist Joan Carling from the Philippines Cordillera region lost three colleagues in the space of a few years – all murdered in one of the world’s deadliest countries for land rights defenders. Then came her turn: a relative in the military told Carling’s father his daughter’s name was on the “order of battle”, the Philippines military’s list of people, including activists, who are deemed enemies of the state. “When you are on the order of ...

A building made from mud and straw is cool

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BY LOH FOON FONG The heat from the afternoon sun disappeared quickly as I stepped into an unusual mud building. Inside, it felt cooler by several degrees, even without air-conditioning. I had just entered an office built with bricks made of rice husk and straw combined with fine mud. This was the new secretariat for the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) near Chiangmai, Thailand. AIPP secretary-general Joan Carling said, “It’s good to demonstrate that we live up to our commitment to promote the environment,” she said during the office inauguration recently. AIPP is a regional organisation of indigenous peoples’ movements to promote ...