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Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Submission on Safeguards Information System (SIS): What Should SIS Deliver For Indigenous Peoples

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. 

Shifting Cultivation: The cultural heritage of indigenous communities and the source of livelihoods and food security for many indigenous peoples in Asia

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Chiang Mai, Thailand: Indigenous peoples traditional land use systems, particularly shifting cultivation in most of the countries in Asia have long been contributing to the sustainable livelihoods; food security; sustainable natural resources management; and biodiversity conservation and enhancement. The traditional knowledge, cultural, spiritual and nutritional values attached to these livelihood systems demonstrate that they are not merely a technique of land use but their way of life. Most of the countries in Asia have adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) that guarantees the rights of indigenous peoples to continue their traditional land use systems.

IPHRDs in Asia Strengthen their Solidarity and Commitment to Advance Human Rights

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Chiang Mai, Thailand – “Consolidating the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network for the defense of the rights of Indigenous Peoples”, was the theme of a recently concluded regional training of indigenous peoples human rights defenders, held from August 24-27, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The four-day training was organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, under its project supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, which aims to strengthen the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) in Asia to be able to respond to urgent human rights issues of indigenous peoples in the region.

The Second Regional Indigenous Adaptation Learning Highway

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From 25th to 27th August 2014, the second “Regional Adaptation Learning Highway” (ALH) was organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Partner of Community Organisations in Sabah (PACOS Trust) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. 60 participants (32 women and 28 men) from 9 different countries (i.e. Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia and North-east India, and Germany) took part in the exchange learning visit, including representatives of various different indigenous groups, government delegates (2 government officials from Malaysia, 1 one from Laos, Thailand and Indonesia, respectively) as well as representatives of the academe (2 researchers from the University ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Announces Recipients for the 2014 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Regional Award

23 August 2014 – on the occasion of a-month-long celebration of the International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples, 9th of August 2014, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2014 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Award. The theme of the “2014 IVA Award” was for outstanding reporting on (1) Promoting Vision of Indigenous Peoples on Sustainable Development and (2) Mainstreaming Local Struggles of the Indigenous Peoples. The finalists were ranked based on the scores received from the jury members.

AIPP Book on Cordillera Heroes Launched

“Fifty years of the Cordillera people’s struggle come alive in the pages of this book. The sacrifices and great examples of our Cordillera heroes are our inspiration, as we  pursue the continuing people’s movement for land, life, self determination, and the common good.”  This blurb captured what the book Cordillera Heroes stands for. Published by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), the book contains life stories of 23 men and women in the Cordillera region, Philippines who gave up their lives in the pursuit of social justice.

AIPP shows solidarity to indigenous peoples in Thailand on World Indigenous Peoples Day and supports for the establishment of the Indigenous Peoples’ Council of Thailand

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The 18 secretariat members of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pacts (AIPP) from across Asia showed solidarity and support to the Thai indigenous peoples on the International day of the World Indigenous Peoples by participating in and assisting in the Indigenous Peoples day celebration organized by the Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand (NIPT) and its allies in Chiang Mai on August 8-9, 2014. The Secretary General of AIPP spoke on the   World Indigenous Peoples Conference being organised by the UN General Assembly. This celebration was attended by more than 400 peoples from all the different hill tribes of Thailand. It ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples to celebrate International Day of the World Indigenous Peoples

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August) was first proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (1995–2004). The Second International Decade, from 2005–2014, was proclaimed by the General Assembly in 2004 with the theme of “A Decade for Action and Dignity.” The focus of this year’s International Day is “Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples”. The following indigenous peoples organizations from Asia will celebrate this year’s international day of the world indigenous peoples:

Press Release: World Bank moves to undermine the rights of indigenous peoples

In an unprecedented move, the World Bank will be proposing that governments could ‘opt-out’ of requirements designed to protect indigenous peoples from unintended and negative consequences from development activities funded by the multilateral lender. In a leaked draft of new environmental and social standards to be considered for public consultation by a committee of the World Bank Executive Board on 30th of July, language has been included that would allow governments to disregard their existing obligations to indigenous peoples. When the Bank announced it would be revising these standards (previously contained in an ad hoc set of eight separate policies) ...

Partnership Strengthens Voice of Asia-Pacific Indigenous Peoples on REDD+

Raising awareness and building capacity of land right holders and their organizations for policy advocacy in the Asia-Pacific region continue to be important as countries move ahead with REDD+. In this context, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), with the support of the UN-REDD Programme, has joined hands with local organizations to promote closer collaboration and cooperation between indigenous peoples (IP), ethnic minorities, the UN-REDD Programme and government agencies implementing REDD+ in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Viet Nam.