Statements & Urgent Appeals

Statement of International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) to the Plenary Session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) 19

November 11, 2013 in Warsaw, Poland Thank you chair and distinguished delegates, for this opportunity to speak and present our issues and concerns at this meeting on behalf of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC).  As Indigenous Peoples, we are on the forefront of the climate change crisis and immediate action is needed to address our concerns and issues especially in light of unprecedented melting of sea ice, rise of the sea levels, changing weather patterns, degradation of biodiversity and subsistence resources which are the core to survival of indigenous peoples.

Statement by indigenous peoples at the REDD+ Partnership Meting in Warsaw, Poland on 10 Nov. 2013

Statement by indigenous peoples at the REDD+ Partnership Meting in Warsaw, Poland on 10 Nov. 2013. Read by Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). Nov 10 2013  Thank you co-chairs and distinguished parties delegates, for this opportunity to speak on behalf of indigenous peoples. We would like to acknowledge last month’s decision of the REDD+ Partnership to allocate funding for the representation of indigenous peoples and local communities at partnership meetings until the end of 2014. This will facilitate the articulation of indigenous peoples’ issues and concerns from the ground. The regional caucuses of indigenous peoples shall undergo ...

Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community land and Resource Rights Conference: Key Message of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples have always been and continue to be at the frontline of land rights assertion and struggles from the local to the global. It has a clear and distinct constituency which is defending and promoting the collective rights to land and to self determination of indigenous peoples, which are now part of  international human rights standards and instruments. Though the sustained advocacy, campaigns and engagements with different stakeholders, indigenous peoples have opened up various international processes and mechanisms relating to the rights of indigenous peoples. Part of this is the conduct of the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples ...

Human Rights Council 24th Regular Session: Statement of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) by Joan Carling, Secretary General

Human Rights Council24th Regular Session 9-27 September 2013 Items 3 & 5Clustered ID with: SR on indigenous peoples and Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) Statement of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) by Joan Carling, Secretary General Thank you Mr. Vice President. The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples, Prof. James Anaya, for his substantive reports on the results of the Asia Regional Consultation and on the extractive industries and indigenous peoples. The reports reflect the realities, issues and challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples in Asia.

Statement by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP): Commission on Status of Women Fifty-eighth session (2014)

Priority theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. Statement by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Indigenous people in Asia account for an estimated two thirds of the world’s indigenous peoples – estimated to be around 370 million. Compared to indigenous men, indigenous women have less access to education, basic health services and employment. Indigenous communities are often lacking in access to basic social services, and for the women of these communities, this is compounded by gender based discrimination.

AIPP Statement in Celebration of the 2013 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Theme: “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements” Today, we commemorate the world’s indigenous peoples day with our fellow indigenous brothers and sisters across the globe. We gather in different places to celebrate the gains and achievements that we have had in the course of our struggles for the recognition, respect and protection of our rights as distinct peoples with collective rights. At the same time, we continue to address the challenges and emerging issues that seriously impact on our rights and wellbeing. The adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) ...

6th Session of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Closing Statement – Jannie Lasimbang

Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates from States, representatives of indigenous peoples, NGO’s, UN agencies, programmes Thank you Mr Chairman for your excellent leadership in this session.  It has been truly a pleasure to work with you and the other members of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for six years to provide the Human Rights Council with thematic advice that would contribute to the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples all over the world. I would like to express heartfelt gratitude to the Secretariat of the Expert Mechanism for your dedication and support to ...

Request for Support on Eviction of Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh

Dear friends, We wish to draw your attention and seek your support in this urgent alert/letter of concern on the eviction of an indigenous community in Bangladesh. Please see below the letter of concern. Should you wish to give your support to this letter, please send your name, organization and location to and by May 22, 2013.

Press Statement: Asia Indigenous Peoples’ raise alarm on the worsening landgrabs and violation of their rights

Indigenous peoples in Asia are raising alarm on the worsening violation of their collective rights. With Asia becoming the new economic hub for extractive industries and foreign investments, landgrabbing of indigenous lands is now becoming the order of the day such as in India, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia.  The growing  physical and economic displacement of indigenous peoples is being ignored inspite of the protests and objections of indigenous communities. Projects such as dams, mining, bio-fuel and agricultural plantations are being implemented in indigenous territories  without the  free prior and informed consent (FPIC) of the affected indigenous communities. Thousands of ...

Letter to the World Bank on the conducts of the safeguards review consultations

Dr. Jim Yong Kim President World Bank March 4, 2013 Dear Dr. Kim, As we come up to the anniversary of your first year as the President of the World Bank Group, we congratulate you on your tenure to date. However in this letter, we would like to take the opportunity to reiterate some serious concerns we have with the on-going consultation process in the updating and reviewing of the World Bank’s current 8 social and environmental safeguards, and concurrent discussion of the identified emerging issues. These concerns are particularly worrisome in the context of the update of OP4.10 on ...