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Statement of AIPP and Asia Caucus on Agenda Item 3(c) Youth, Self-harm and suicide – Follow up on the recommendations of the Permanent Forum

[UNPFii 2015] Follow up on the recommendations of the Permanent Forum: Agenda Item 3(c) Youth, self-harm and suicide Statement of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Asia Caucus Agenda Item 3(c) Youth, self-harm and suicide Thank you Mr. Chairman, We would like to draw the Permanent Forum’s attention to the following issues that the indigenous youth across Asia are mostly affected with. 1) Most of the Asian countries lack verified data on its indigenous population that also includes dis-aggregation by age and sex, making it difficult to have a clear data on indigenous youth. Further, the definition of the ...

Statement of AIPP and Asia Caucus on Agenda Item 3(b) Post-2015 Development Agenda

[UNPFii 2015] Follow up on the recommendations of the Permanent Forum: Agenda Item 3(b) Post-2015 Developmental Agenda Statement of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Asia Caucus – 20 April 2015 Agenda Item 3(b) Post-2015 Developmental Agenda Thank you Mr Chairperson, Inspite of the sustained and active engagement of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) on the processes for Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, we wish to express our deep frustration and serious concern that indigenous peoples remain almost invisible in the current SDG Working Document containing the 17 Goals and targets for the post- 2015 Development Agenda. This is ...

Statement of AIPP and Asia Caucus on Agenda Item 3(a) Outcome of the High-level Plenary Meeting – WCIP

[UNPFii 2015] Follow up on the recommendations of the Permanent Forum: Agenda Item 3(a) Outcome of the high-level plenary meeting: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Statement of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Asia Caucus – 20 April 2015 Agenda Item 3(a) Outcome of the high-level plenary meeting: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Thank you Mr Chairperson, In relation to the follow up on the outcome of the high-level plenary meeting, i.e., World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, we would like to draw your attention to OP31: development of a system-wide action plan (SWAP) to achieve the end of the Declaration:

Urgent Appeal for Support for Indigenous Peoples Affected by the Earthquake

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has caused more than 8019 deaths and more than 17,866 people injured, as per the country’s Emergency Operation Centre on 11 May 2015. The death toll is rising exponentially by the day as the government rescue efforts are reaching slowly to the areas hardest hit by the earthquake. The United Nations estimates that as many as eight million people have had their lives disrupted by the earthquake, adding that more than 1.4 million people need food assistance, including 750,000 who live near the quake’s epicentre in poor quality housing. Tens of thousands are thought ...

Letter of concern to the government of India with regard to the government’s position on the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and Proposed Environmental and Social Framework

April 7, 2015 Shri Narendra Modi Prime Minister Government of India Dear Prime Minister Modi, This is with reference to India’s written response on World Bank’s consultation on the “Update and Review of the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and Proposed Environmental and Social Framework”. We are alarmed in particular at the Government of India’s position on ESS 7[1]:

Press Release: Indigenous peoples raise concern over India’s position on world bank safeguards

The adivasi and tribal peoples in India, together with indigenous organizations and support groups are alarmed by the position of the government of India regarding the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and Proposed Environmental and Social Framework particularly ESS7 on indigenous peoples. In a letter of concern initiated by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and endorsed by 56 indigenous peoples organizations and institutions and 26 civil society organizations stated that the Government of India’s position is extremely problematic.  While a certain number of India’s domestic laws require consent from adivasi and tribal peoples on the use of their lands and resources, other ...

AIPP Press Statement on the Occasion of the International Day of Forests, 21 March 2015

Upscale the Recognition of Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples as Key to Forest-Based Solutions to Climate Change For Immediate Release 21 March 2015 Forest is the lifeline and cultural heritage of more than 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia. According to the World Bank Study “The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation: the Natural but Often Forgotten Partners” traditional indigenous territories encompass up to 22 percent of the world’s land surface and they coincide with areas that hold 80% of the planet’s biodiversity. This is the result of indigenous peoples’ historical stewardship and practice of low carbon and sustainable ...

2014 Human Rights Day: Reminding Governments of Their Commitments To The World’s Indigenous Peoples

“I call on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. I call on people to hold their governments to account. ” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon The full enjoyment of all human rights is at heart of indigenous peoples struggles. As we commemorate the 2014 Human Rights Day, we would like to remind governments of the commitments they made to indigenous peoples in the Outcome Document of the recently concluded World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. In this document, governments have reaffirmed their support for the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [UNDRIP] ...

Press Release: International Conference Organizers Turn Blind Eye to Sarawak Energy’s Complicity in Environmental Destruction and Rights Violations

Kuala Lumpur – As the International New York Times’ Energy for Tomorrow Conference gets underway at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, human rights and environmental groups will be outside raising concerns about the ethics of the meeting’s main corporate sponsor, Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB). The two day meeting is bringing together business interests, government officials and representatives of multilateral institutions, including the Asian Development Bank, to discuss clean energy options for the Asian region. However, the gold sponsor of the event, Malaysian power supplier and dam developer, SEB, has no track record of pursuing sustainable energy projects. To the contrary, ...

AIPP Expresses Concern on the attempt of Datu Seri Musa Aman to discredit Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah (PACOS)

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is deeply concerned by the statement of Datuk Seri Musa Aman, the Chief Minister of Sabah, against the Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah (PACOS). In a published article on the Daily Express Malaysia last November 13, 2014, Chief Minister Musa Aman alleged that NGOs such as PACOS are misleading and confusing natives to blame the government of not giving them lands.  AIPP is a regional movement of indigenous peoples’ organizations and movements working for the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in the region.