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Regional Report of the Partnership between Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the UN-REDD Programme


Thirteen countries in Asia are preparing to get ready for REDD+. While these countries are moving ahead with REDD+ preparation, the awareness raising and capacity building of rights holders and their organizations for policy advocacy is very important. In this context, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), with the support of the UN-REDD Programme, joined hands with its local organizations to promote closer collaboration and cooperation amongst indigenous peoples, and with the UN-REDD Programme and government agencies implementing REDD+ in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Vietnam. Through partnerships with the Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT) in Myanmar, the Center for ...

Human Rights Day 2015: States must act on their commitments to ensure human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Public Statement 10 December 2015 – This Human Rights Day, AIPP joins the global yearlong campaign “Our Rights. Our Freedom. Always.” for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).[i] AIPP strives to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants, alongside the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), among indigenous peoples in Asia and other stakeholders and more importantly, calls on the States to ensure that indigenous peoples enjoy ...

Indigenous Peoples and ASEAN Integration


The ASEAN Community aimed to be achieved by end 2015 has already has been declared established as of 22 November 2015 by ASEAN Leaders at their 27th Summit in Kuala Lumpur. Its roadmap for the next ten years is called “ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together”. ASEAN 2025 promises that the human rights, fundamental freedoms, and dignity of its peoples, and social justice will be promoted and protected, among a long list of promises. It also promises “greater prosperity through increased economic opportunities, enhanced regional connectivity, ease of intra-ASEAN travel and doing business as well as a resilient regional economy”. Unfortunately, ...

AIPP Statement for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

As we commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Campaign, we take this opportunity to reflect on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption, and look into the advancement of indigenous women’s rights and welfare. We, indigenous women, are estimated to be 50% of the 260 million indigenous peoples in Asia alone. We are regularly discriminated and relentlessly marginalized on the basis of the intersectionality of our gender and our ethnicity. Despite positive developments in both indigenous peoples’ rights and women’s rights movements, we continue to face serious challenges especially on the legal recognition ...

Climate Initiatives Must Not Include Large Hydropower Projects – NGOs

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), International Rivers, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP) 3 December 2015 – In a global manifesto released today, a coalition of more than 300 civil society organizations from 53 countries called on governments and financiers at the Paris climate talks to keep large hydropower projects out of climate initiatives such as the Clean Development Mechanism, the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, and green bonds.

Escalating Indigenous Voices, Together: Indigenous Voices in Asia Network


Indigenous Voices in Asia Network (IVAN)[1] organized its 3rd gathering in Chiang Mai from 4 – 7 November, 2015. This year, representatives from various fields converged at the Indigenous Voices in Asia Media Showcasing Fair 2015 to discuss emerging issues in relation to media, human rights, gender and development with the purpose of moving forward the rights of indigenous peoples in solidarity with media professionals, rights activists and academics. The fair, organized by IVAN, a program under the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (APP), gathered over 60 participants from across Asia. While many we are dedicated indigenous positivists, particularly those who are working ...

Follow Asian Indigenous Peoples now in Paris for the Climate Change Negotiations

  International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change: Open Letter to the Ministers on Why Explicit Reference to the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Article 2 of the Paris Agreement is Imperative?  {aridoc engine=”google” width=”600″ height=”300″}{/aridoc}  Indigenous Peoples’ proposals for amendment to current draft ADP negotiation texts, UNFCCC, COP21, Paris {aridoc engine=”google” width=”600″ height=”300″}{/aridoc}  International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change: Our Proposals to COP21 and Beyond {aridoc engine=”google” width=”600″ height=”300″}{/aridoc} Messages of the Vietnamese Ethnic Minorities to COP21   Recognizing that: Vietnam is one of the countries most affected by climate change, with its community of ethnic minority groups ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples Day at COP21


Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) together with its member and partner organisations is celebrating Asia Day on 9 December 2015 in the Indigenous Peoples Pavilion. The celebration will take place at Climate Generation Space. Also, AIPP is taking in charge of organising an event on Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights in the IP Pavilion on 4 December 2015. We would like to invite everyone attending COP21 to join and contribute to our activities.  Please refer to the attached pdf here for more information. 

Indigenous Women of the Mekong: Strengthening the Platform for a Regional Network in 2018


On October 30th, more than 30 women from the countries of the Mekong Region gathered in Mae Sa Mai Village, Mae Rim district in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The indigenous women were activists, leaders, and human rights defenders, who had come together in Chiang Mai for the 2nd Regional Exchange Programme titled ‘Building and Strengthening Indigenous Women’s Network in the Mekong Region’ which was supported by Oxfam Novib. The field visit to Mae Sa Mai Village marked the first day of the 4-day event, which brought together delegations from Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos to strengthen existing partnerships, nurture ...

Asia Report on Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples for COP21

Asia Report

This report is a summary of national reports of indigenous peoples from 12 countries in Asia and the results of the regional preparatory meeting of Asia indigenous peoples for the 21st session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP21). This regional preparatory meeting which was organised by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) on September 16-18 2015 in Chiang Mai, Thailand was participated by 30 selected indigenous peoples’ representatives coming from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Thailand, Lao PDR, Taiwan/China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines and Vietnam including representatives of regional networks of indigenous women, indigenous ...