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IIPFCC Opening Statement - AWG-KP, China Climate Talks Print


I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC).

Allow me to express sincere appreciations to the government of the peoples republic of China for hosting this meeting and for the conventions secretariat for organizing it.

Mr. Chair,

The international indigenous peoples forum on climate change made up of indigenous organizations all over the world present here in Tianjin, urges the international community to rebuild the condition of confidence and collective responsibility and to achieve a fair and equitable binding agreement on the reduction of emissions, climate policies and actions at COP 16/CMP 6 in Mexico by doing the following:

1. Target aggregate green house gas emissions of developed country parties by 50% from 1990 levels by 2017, and at least 95% by 2050 from 1990 levels.

2. Deliver a binding outcome in the form of an amendment to the Kyoto protocol for the further commitment period 2013- 2017, for annex 1 parties.

3. Support alternatives to carbon market-based financial mechanisms for mitigation and adaptation. Any binding agreement must support using a fund-based approach.

4. Strongly oppose any attempt to merge LCA and KP, and the AWG-KP must continue its work for further commitment periods for Annex I Parties in the future.

5. During the negotiations process of the 2nd commitment period of the KP, measures should be taken to ensure full and effective participation of indigenous peoples. All outcomes of KP must recognize the rights of indigenous peoples consistent with United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and standards of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

6. We request for the establishment of an Indigenous Peoples Expert Group jointly with indigenous peoples on the Kyoto protocol during the negotiations for the second commitment period.

Finally, we are deeply concerned with the loopholes in the LULUCF, such as the non-accounting of emissions. We also believe that the LULUCF principles and criteria must recognize indigenous people’s traditional knowledge and the rights of indigenous peoples over their forests in developing and developed countries.

Thank you, Mr.Chair.


TIANJIN UNFCCC TALKS, 4th - 9th Oct 2010
4 October 2010 at the AWG-KP opening session

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