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Tebtebba/FPP Side Event at SB42, 8 June 2015
Deforestation, Climate Finance and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; 1:15pm at Bonn2, World Conference Center

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TYPHOON HAIYAN AND EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS: How Indigenous Peoples are Coping with Disasters

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Side event of Tebtebba and Indigenous Peoples' Partnership on Climate Change & Forests at COP 19, 13 Nov 2013 at Warsaw, Poland.

Video: Tebtebba Press Conference, 4 Dec. 2012
Analysis of the Current State of COP18 Negotiations and Indigenous Peoples' Demands on the Green Climate Fund

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Recognizing and incorporating indigenous peoples' demands in the climate change negotiations, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

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Convocatoria de insumos públicos: Política de Pueblos Indígenas sobre el Fondo Verde para el Clima PDF Print
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:46

Queridos hermanos y hermanas,

El Fondo Verde para el Clima (GCF por sus siglas en inglés), la entidad establecida por la Conferencia de las Partes (COP) de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre Cambio Climático (CMNUCC) para canalizar fondos para la mitigación y adaptación al cambio climático, está en proceso de finalizar su Política de Pueblos Indígenas, y la Secretaria del GCF acaba de presentar un llamado público para recibir insumos sobre la política de pueblos indígenas.

Esto ofrece una oportunidad sin precedentes para que los pueblos indígenas se involucren y asegurar que el Fondo tenga una política de alto nivel basada en estándares y obligaciones internacionales sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, como la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas, el Consentimiento libre, previo e informado (CLPI); reconociendo al mismo tiempo el papel positivo de los conocimientos tradicionales y los sistemas de medios de vida de los Pueblos Indígenas en  los temas de adaptación y mitigación,  y asegurando nuestra participación plena y efectiva en las actividades del Fondo en todos los niveles. Por lo tanto, la Política de Pueblos Indígenas será un instrumento crucial para guiar la implementación de los Acuerdos de la CMNUCC, incluido el Acuerdo de París.

Call for Public Inputs: Green Climate Fund Indigenous Peoples Policy PDF Print
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:47

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Green Climate Fund, the entity established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) to channel funds for climate change mitigation and adaption, is now in the process of finalizing its Indigenous Peoples Policy and the GCF Secretariat has just made a Call for Public Inputs to the Indigenous Peoples’ Policy.

This offers an unprecedented opportunity for indigenous peoples to engage in order to ensure that the Fund has a high-level policy based on international standards and obligations for indigenous peoples’ rights, such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC); while acknowledging the positive role of Indigenous Peoples’ traditional knowledge and livelihood systems to adaptation and mitigation, and ensuring our full and effective participation in GCF activities at all levels. Therefore the Indigenous Peoples Policy will be a crucial instrument to guide the implementation of the UNFCCC Agreements, including the Paris Agreement.

Side event during the Bonn Climate Change Conference PDF Print
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 19:35


The side event will discuss the findings of the RRI report related to rights and GCF projects and policies, discuss the proposed Indigenous Peoples Policy for the GCF, and share community-based monitoring and information systems and its potential role in monitoring GCF projects.


Ms. Anne Perrault
Rights and Resources Initiative
Mr. Kimaren Ole Riamit
Executive Director
Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA), Kenya
Ms. Grace Balawag
Climate Change Adaptation and
Mitigation Program, Tebtebba



Mr. Alain Frechette
Rights and Resources Initiative
IPs and the Green Climate Fund PDF Print
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:56



Raising indigenous peoples’ interests at the GCF is a long and continuing arduous process that requires a lot of energy and effort. Indigenous peoples have made significant inroads in the GCF and are opening spaces to meaningfully engage with the GCF at global and national levels...

This publication, published by Tebtebba, was conceived to consolidate the reports, letters and briefing notes of indigenous peoples’ engagement with the GCF thus far. It also aims to celebrate the achievements and account for the challenges and opportunities that indigenous peoples face in the Green Climate Fund.

An Indigenous Peoples Policy for the GCF PDF Print
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 17:08



The Fund’s Governing Instrument[1] - as well as other policies such as the Interim Environment and Social Standard (ESS)[2] and the draft Environment and Social Management Standard (ESMS)[3] - refer to the GCF’s obligation to fully and effectively engage with indigenous peoples in the design, development and implementation of the strategies and activities to be financed by the Fund, while respecting their rights. More recently, in its 15th meeting, the Board has given a mandate to the Secretariat to develop a Fund-wide Indigenous Peoples policy for the Green Climate Fund for consideration at the 16th meeting of the Board. [4]

The obligation to respect human rights and to engage indigenous peoples in climate change policies and actions has been explicitly recognized in the Cancun Agreement.[5] The need to respect the rights of indigenous peoples has been further reiterated in the preamble of the Paris Agreement.[6] The Paris Agreement goes on to acknowledge the positive contribution of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge systems in achieving its goals [7] and to recognize the need to strengthen practices and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples related to addressing and responding to climate change. [8]

In this submission we present the recommendations of indigenous peoples organisations and support groups regarding the content, framework and purpose of an Indigenous Peoples’ Policy for the Green Climate Fund that can ensure that the objectives of these agreements are realized in practice while respecting the rights and interests of indigenous peoples.


Indigenous peoples (men and women) play key roles in, and offer invaluable contributions to, climate change adaptation and mitigation through their traditional knowledge and sustainable resource management systems and practices, which are critical in achieving the goals of the Green Climate Fund. Despite their small carbon footprint, indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable to climate change and to the consequences of ill-conceived solutions to climate change, including specific adverse impacts on indigenous women.

An Indigenous Peoples Policy is required to provide guidance, due diligence rules and operational standards for the Fund, Accredited Entities and stakeholders in order to support countries in the implementation of their climate change programmes. The Policy could also, if well-designed, enhance the contributions of indigenous peoples to climate change solutions in line with the goals of this Fund, on a foundation of respect for their rights and wellbeing, and in a manner that can avoid future grievances. The policy will also allow for a comprehensive and holistic approach to indigenous peoples-related matters that pertain to the Fund’s activities and goals.

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