Statements & Urgent Appeals

Statement of the Asia IP Caucus and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP): Indigenous Priorities for the Post 2015 Development Agenda

September 22-23, 2014 At the outset, we wish to express our deep dis-appointment over the very weak reference to indigenous peoples in the Outcome Document of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals despite the recognition of indigenous peoples as a major group in this process and the sustained and active engagement of indigenous peoples representatives.   Emphasizing the condition of indigenous peoples as over represented amongst the poorest in the world — 15 % of the poor but only 5 % of the world’s total population, the post 2015 Development Agenda must ensure that indigenous peoples are ...

Statement of the Asia IP Caucus and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) on Implementing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the national and local level

September 22-23, 2014 On the theme of “ Implementing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the national and local levels, the Asia Caucus and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) welcome the WCIP Outcome Document, particularly the paragraphs 3,7, 8, 20 and 21. We urge states to immediately conduct a national review of laws, policies and guidelines in order to incorporate legal recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples as committed in paragraph 3, ensuring the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and their free prior and informed consent in the formulation, adoption and implementation of laws, policies and ...

Statement by the Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus: Round Table Discussion on Lands, Territories Resources in High Level Plenary of the United Nations General Assembly

September 23, 2014 Co-Chairpersons, Excellencies, Ladies & Gentlemen, The rights of Indigenous Peoples to lands, territories and resources thereon, are an integral part of our livelihoods, material, spiritual and social well-being, identity, culture, development and worldviews. In the broader sense, land includes the seas, tundra, deserts, prairies and wetlands, as elaborated in relevant international instruments. On account of its territorial aspect and life-supporting elements, many of us regard land as Mother Earth, to which we belong, inter-generationally. It is the land that owns us, and not the other way around, despite what concocted legal fictions tell us. 

Asia- Pacific Statement: Meeting of Civil Society Organizations with the UN President of the General Assembly

Presented by Joan Carling, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) The Asia region holds 60% of the world’s population, including 2/3 of the world’s indigenous peoples, who are   among the poorest of the world.   Asia- Pacific is also expected to fuel economic growth and remains the most vulnerable to climate disasters.Development Justice is the model promoted by more than 100 civil society networks and groups in the Asia Pacific region to deliver sustainable, just and equitable development. 

Press Statement: AIPP calls on Asian states to support a strong outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP)

As the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) is going to take place prior to the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters on September 22-23, 2014, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) appeals to the Asian States to support a strong Outcome Document for the WCIP.   The objective of the WCIP is to have an action-oriented outcome for realization of the rights of indigenous peoples at the national and international levels in line with the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

AIPP Statement on International Indigenous Peoples Day 2014: Realizing the rights of indigenous peoples at the national level

Statement of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) on the occasion of the International Indigenous Peoples Day on August 9,2014 Warmest solidarity greetings from the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact- AIPP! There are major global processes taking place this year, with enormous impacts on indigenous peoples in Asia and across the globe. On September 22-23, 2014, the UN General Assembly will convene a High Level Panel meeting that is known as the “World Conference on Indigenous Peoples “(WCIP). The objective of the WCIP is “to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, including to ...

Request for Endorsement: Significant concerns with the proposed World Bank safeguards for indigenous peoples

Dear friends and colleagues, After reviewing the internal draft revised safeguard policies of the World Bank including the IP Policy (leaked copy), it is very alarming that while it contains the provision on FPIC, its is practically useless as borrowing countries can opt out not to implement the policy at all. Likewise, the FPIC provisions need to be strengthened as well as the legal recognition on the rights to land, territories and resources of indigenous peoples. Below is the statement prepared jointly by AIPP — Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the FPP — Forest Peoples Programme containing our serious concerns ...

Statement: Significant concerns with the proposed World Bank safeguards for indigenous peoples

July 29, 2014 To: Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE)World Bank Group Dear Members, As you review the draft revised safeguard policies of the World Bank, including the policy provisions for indigenous peoples (ESS7) and decide on the way forward, we would like to raise our serious concerns for your consideration and action. Contained in the draft ESS are new standards intended to “ensure that the development process fosters full respect for the human rights” of indigenous peoples (proposed ESS7). While we recognize that these standards have been improved in their inclusion of a requirement to obtain free, prior and informed ...

Asia Caucus statement on the zero draft for the outcome document of WCIP

Asia Caucus statement on the zero draft for the outcome document of the  UN High Level Panel known as the   UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP)  presented during the information consultation with the UN President of the General Assembly. Thank you and Kopivosian Mr. Chairman, First, the Asia Caucus would also like to acknowledge the work of the President of the General Assembly (PGA) and the team of advisors in producing the zero draft which reflects certain recommendations from the Alta outcome document as well as recommendations made by the Asia caucus during the first round of consultations ...

Asia Indigenous Caucus Statement at EMRIP 7th Session, 7 – 11 July 2014

Agenda Item 7: United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples Madam/Mr. Chair, expert members, distinguished government delegates, indigenous brothers and sisters, The Asia Caucus is pleased to inform the EMRIP of several developments in the realization of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Asia. In Indonesia, the National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples in the Archipelago, AMAN, has won its case in the Constitutional Court through its declaration that customary forests are not state forests, affirming indigenous peoples’ customary rights over their forests.