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COP12 Agrees on the use of “Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities” in Decisions and Secondary Documents under the Convention of Biological Diversity

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With the theme “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”,the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) was held from 6th to 17th October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Korea. The meeting aimed at raising international awareness on the essential role of biodiversity and its contribution to sustainable development, as well as at highlighting biodiversity in the context of the post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Media dialogue in ASEAN concludes

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Two-day ASEAN Media Dialogue held in Bangkok concluded on Thursday making a regional and country-wise plan for making better networking and giving more visibility to the indigenous peoples in the media.  The dialogue was conducted by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) in financial assistance from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The dialogue brought a total 40-media professionals both from IPs and non-IPs, IPs activists, media organizations from 9-different South East Asian nations namely Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philiphines, Malaysia, Timor Liste, and Laos. The media dialogue focused on the emerging issues and concerns of indigenous peoples in ASEAN. 

Indigenous Peoples in South East Asia have bitter tales to tell

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In the advent of 21st century, the South East Asia saw the tremendous advancement of science and technologies, fast-paced growth in industrialization, westernization, tremendous escalation in economy, development and to boast further, the governments in the region are preparing for the economic integration—free trade and movement by 2015. But the Indigenous Peoples in South East Asia continue to face serious problems like massive violation of their rights to land, territories, and resources, some of which endanger their very survival in this changing environment, say participants sharing their issues and concerns in the first day of 2-day ASEAN media dialogue, held ...

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 ...