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 use, water and forest management; and as well as on climate change adaptation and mitigation. The importance our knowledge is acknowledge in the Cancun safeguards; Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and the Paris Agreement. The establishment of Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) Platform by the Paris decision provides an opportunity for all actors to strengthen our indigenous knowledge. We are ready to work together with parties and relevant actors in operationalizing the IP platform.”
Ms. Mai Thin Yu Mon, representative of Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) and youth representative to the AIPP Executive Council stressed that “Indigenous women play vital role in food security, livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and enhancement; and as well in the well beings of indigenous communities. This is done through the practice of indigenous knowledge cultivated through generations. Furthermore, indigenous women are the key actors in maintaining and transferring indigenous knowledge to future generations. Our participation, roles and contributions as knowledge holders should be prioritized in the overall discussion of the indigenous peoples’ platform”
Representing the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC), Ms. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim expounded on the position of IIPFCC particularly on the purpose, content and structure of the IP platform. The submissions made by IIPFCC on IP platform is accessible at https://unfccc.int/…/submissions_fr…/application/pdf/865.pdf
Highlighting the importance of lands to indigenous peoples, Mr. Rodion Sulyandziga of Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North (CSIPN) said that “We can adapt to anything but we cannot adapt without our lands and nature.”
Other panelists included, Mr. Tunga Bhadra Rai, representative of Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), and Ms. Eunice Nkopio, representative of Mainyoito Pastoralists Integrated Development Organization (MPIDO) who highlighted the importance of indigenous peoples in the survival and identities of indigenous peoples.
The multi-stakeholder dialogue on the operationalization of the indigenous peoples’ platform is scheduled from 16-17 May 2016 in World Conference Center Bonn, Room Genf. More information about the dialogue is accessible from http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/10151.php