The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization founded in 1988 by indigenous peoples’ movements. AIPP is committed to the cause of promoting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights and human rights and articulating issues of relevance to indigenous peoples. At present, AIPP has 48 members from 14 countries in Asia with 18 indigenous peoples’ national alliances/networks (national formations), 30 local and sub-national organizations. Of this number, 16 are ethnic based organizations, six (6) indigenous women and four (4) are indigenous youth organizations and one (1) organization of indigenous persons with disabilities.
Indigenous peoples in Asia are fully exercising their rights, distinct cultures and identities, are living with dignity, and enhancing their sustainable management systems on lands, territories and resources for their own future and development in an environment of peace, justice and equality.
AIPP strengthens the solidarity, cooperation and capacities of indigenous peoples in Asia to promote and protect their rights, cultures and identities, and their sustainable resource management systems for their development and self-determination.
- To empower Indigenous peoples in Asia to promote and defend their human rights and fundamental freedoms and claim legal recognition to their identities, collective rights under UNDRIP and other international human rights instruments.
- To build the broadest solidarity and cooperation of indigenous peoples in Asia to strengthen indigenous movements.
- To promote and protect the integrity of the environment and enhance the sustainable resource management systems of indigenous peoples including their traditional knowledge, food security and biodiversity by having full control over their land, territories and resources.
- To attain full and effective participation of indigenous peoples, particularly indigenous women and youth at all levels of decision-making.
- To strengthen solidarity and cooperation with other social movements towards achieving equality, peace, democracy and justice.
Aims and Objectives
- To serve as a forum for sharing aspirations, ideas and experiences, consolidating cooperation and solidarity and coordination for developing common agenda and programmes on issues affecting indigenous peoples in Asia.
- To enhance capacities of indigenous communities, organizations and institutions, including women and youth to respond to their concerns and issues at different levels.
- To develop programmes to conduct systematic documentation of the various issues and aspects of indigenous peoples for policy advocacy, awareness raising and information dissemination.
- To advocate the cause of indigenous peoples at all levels and engage with relevant national, regional and international processes as well as with relevant institutions and agencies.
- To strengthen linkages, networking and co-ordination with other organizations and movements for the realization of the aspirations of indigenous peoples of Asia
- Special Consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
- Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
- Global Environment Facility (GEF)
- Green Climate Fund (GCF)
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)