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Evaluation Report of Indigenous Voices in Asia Project

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This report summarises an evaluation of the project for Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) that was conducted by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in 2012-4. In partnership with indigenous organisations in the participating countries; Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, and Thailand, the project conducted training and workshops to build capacity among indigenous journalist and activists to report on the adverse conditions faced by their communities, and to publish their accounts in the national media. It also strengthened the development of indigenous media, notably community radio, as well as created networks ...

Asia’s Indigenous Peoples Ramp Up their Engagement with UN Mechanisms and Procedures

Siem Reap, Cambodia. Indigenous peoples in Asia formulated their advocacy action plan for more organized and sustained engagements with UN mechanisms and on the ASEAN platform. Common statements and reports were agreed upon and tasks were assigned to those attending the 2015 sessions of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [EMRIP], and the Forum on Business and Human Rights. These were the results, among others, of the annual Asia Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures Relating to Indigenous Peoples organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and hosted ...

Press release: Winners of Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Awards announced on International Women Day

INDIGENOUS VOICES IN ASIA AWARD, 2015 Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation (AIPP) Announces the Winners for the 2015 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Regional Award March 8th- on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact – AIPP is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2015 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Award. The theme of the award is, “Issues and concerns of indigenous women in Asia in relation to the post 2015 sustainable development agenda”. This Award is initiated by the AIPP to encourage wider multimedia attention to indigenous peoples. Media experts and indigenous ...

Indigenous leaders and allies call for the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples land use systems in forest management

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The panelists of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) session “Indigenous peoples landscape approaches to forest conservation: Good practices and challenges for food security and livelihoods” in the Global Landscape Forum in Peru, Lima reaffirmed the findings of the AIPP research by sharing their experiences from Peru, Brazil, Tanzania and Myanmar. Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) facilitated the panel comprised of the representatives of CHIRAPAQ, Peru; PINGO-Forum; Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT), Myanmar; the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); and the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN). The session was organized on 6 Dec. 2014 ...

COP12 Agrees on the use of “Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities” in Decisions and Secondary Documents under the Convention of Biological Diversity

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With the theme “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”,the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) was held from 6th to 17th October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Korea. The meeting aimed at raising international awareness on the essential role of biodiversity and its contribution to sustainable development, as well as at highlighting biodiversity in the context of the post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Media dialogue in ASEAN concludes

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Two-day ASEAN Media Dialogue held in Bangkok concluded on Thursday making a regional and country-wise plan for making better networking and giving more visibility to the indigenous peoples in the media.  The dialogue was conducted by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) in financial assistance from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The dialogue brought a total 40-media professionals both from IPs and non-IPs, IPs activists, media organizations from 9-different South East Asian nations namely Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philiphines, Malaysia, Timor Liste, and Laos. The media dialogue focused on the emerging issues and concerns of indigenous peoples in ASEAN. 

Indigenous Peoples in South East Asia have bitter tales to tell

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In the advent of 21st century, the South East Asia saw the tremendous advancement of science and technologies, fast-paced growth in industrialization, westernization, tremendous escalation in economy, development and to boast further, the governments in the region are preparing for the economic integration—free trade and movement by 2015. But the Indigenous Peoples in South East Asia continue to face serious problems like massive violation of their rights to land, territories, and resources, some of which endanger their very survival in this changing environment, say participants sharing their issues and concerns in the first day of 2-day ASEAN media dialogue, held ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Submission on Safeguards Information System (SIS): What Should SIS Deliver For Indigenous Peoples

The COP 19 decision explicitly mentions that parties are required to submit the most recent summary of information on how all the social and environmental safeguards have been addressed and respected in order to be able to access the results-based finance. However, this does not provide clarity on how effectively and to what extent these safeguards will be addressed. It also lacks the information on ways to redress the potential violation of indigenous peoples’ rights resulting from the REDD+ activities. 

Shifting Cultivation: The cultural heritage of indigenous communities and the source of livelihoods and food security for many indigenous peoples in Asia

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Chiang Mai, Thailand: Indigenous peoples traditional land use systems, particularly shifting cultivation in most of the countries in Asia have long been contributing to the sustainable livelihoods; food security; sustainable natural resources management; and biodiversity conservation and enhancement. The traditional knowledge, cultural, spiritual and nutritional values attached to these livelihood systems demonstrate that they are not merely a technique of land use but their way of life. Most of the countries in Asia have adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) that guarantees the rights of indigenous peoples to continue their traditional land use systems.

IPHRDs in Asia Strengthen their Solidarity and Commitment to Advance Human Rights

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Chiang Mai, Thailand – “Consolidating the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network for the defense of the rights of Indigenous Peoples”, was the theme of a recently concluded regional training of indigenous peoples human rights defenders, held from August 24-27, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The four-day training was organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, under its project supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, which aims to strengthen the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) in Asia to be able to respond to urgent human rights issues of indigenous peoples in the region.