Video message of Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, for the side event on "Deforestation, Climate Finance and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." The side event was held on 8 June 2015 at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany during the Bonn Climate Change Conference (1-11 June 2015). The event was organized by Tebtebba and the Forest Peoples Programme.
Participants will share testimonies on the impact of drivers of deforestation on indigenous communities’ rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and participate in a discussion on how indigenous peoples can effectively participate in and directly access the Green Climate Fund and Climate Finance for their adaptation and mitigation initiatives.
The side event on Deforestation, Climate Finance and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be held on Monday, 8 June 2015 at 1:15 pm at Bonn2 of the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany. This is an official side event of the Bonn Climate Conference being held from 1-11 June 2015.
A GLOBAL SEARCH FOR GRASSROOTS CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS
The Equator Initiative is pleased to announce a global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2015 as part of an extensive partnership effort underway to strengthen and highlight the role of indigenous peoples and local communities at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP21).
The Equator Prize 2015 will be awarded to 20 outstanding local and indigenous initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.
World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)
March 17, 2015, Sendai, Japan
Delivered by Galina Angarova, Organizing Partner for the IPMG
Dear Mr. President, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
I speak here on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group which represents 370 million indigenous peoples who live in 90 countries around the world. Indigenous peoples's territories span across over 24% of the earth's surface and they manage 80% of the world's biodiversity. At the same time, we are 5% of the total global population and 15% of the world's poorest and the number has not changed much since the inception of Millennium Development Goals in 2000. We continue to be overrepresented among the poorest and most vulnerable segments of society. Indigenous Peoples are often dispossessed and removed from their traditional lands and territories and deprived of their resources for survival, further weakening their capacity to deal with hazards, both natural and man-made.
On the outset, the IMPG has been happy with the process leading up to the WCDRR and with the current version of the outcome document that contains a number of references to indigenous peoples and there is a very strong emphasis on traditional knowledge. We hope that the final version of the outcome document retains suggested references and includes effective approaches to reduce risk to disasters through engaging indigenous leaders and their communities.