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Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

AIPP Side Event at UNPFII 2023

“Side event for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 22nd Session on “Securing land and territorial rights for Indigenous Peoples:

Equitable participation in decision making is central to ensuring the survival of biodiversity, improve planetary health and mitigate climate change”

Organiser: AIPP, Co-Sponsor: DTP, IWGIA, FPP, IIFB, UNPFII Asia member, UNDP & RRI

On 20th April 2023, at the UNHQ, New York

It is already established that securing land and territorial rights for Indigenous Peoples is vital to protecting their sustainable links with their territories, ensuring the survival of biodiversity and planetary health for the humankind. The role and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples including Indigenous Women and their contribution is extremely vital.

This side event seeks to bring together multiples stakeholders, including government, international organisations and Indigenous Peoples in its attempt in bridging the gap in understanding the lived realities of Indigenous Peoples, the discourses, commitments and policy dialogues at the global and national level and the implementation of those commitments and pledges in equitable partnership with the Indigenous Peoples. This we believe will enhanced the dialogue and find concrete pathways towards finding solutions to climate and biodiversity crises and ensure planetary and territorial health.

Moderator: Gam A. Shimray, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)


Ei Ei Min– Asia UNPFII member, Viviana Figueroa (IIFB),

Dr. Terence Hay-Edie, Programme Manager, Global ICCA Support Initiative Nature, Climate and Energy Bureau of Policy and Programme Support/Global Policy Network United Nations Development Programme,

Beverly Longid – Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)


Oda Almås Smith, Policy Advisor, Responsible Finance Programme, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP),

Patrick Earle, Executive Director, Diplomacy Training Programme (DTP),

Alain Frechette, Director for Rights, Climate and Conservation, RRI

Closing remarks:

Lola Garcia Alix – International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)”