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Side Event: Climate Change, Disasters and Indigenous Peoples: Adaptation and Coping Mechanisms Print

 

When considering climate change, indigenous peoples and marginalized populations warrant particular attention. Impacts on their territories and communities are anticipated to be both early and severe due to their location in vulnerable environments, including small islands, high altitude zones, desert margins and the circumpolar Arctic.

Heightened exposure to negative impacts, however, is not the only reason for specific attention and concern. As many indigenous societies are socially and culturally distinct from mainstream society, decisions, policies and actions undertaken, even if well-intended, may prove inadequate, ill-adapted and inappropriate. There is therefore a need to understand the specific vulnerabilities, concerns, adaptation capacities and longer-term aspirations of indigenous peoples and marginalized communities the world over.

This is the focus of a side event organized by Tebtebba and the Center for Indigenous Peoples' Autonomy and Development (CADPI) during the 7th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals happening from 6-10 January in New York.  Entitled "Climate Change, Disasters and Indigenous Peoples: Adaptation and Coping Mechanisms," the event will be held on Friday, January 10, 2014 from 1:15-2:30 pm at Room E, North Lawn Building, UN Headquarters, New York City.

Speakers of the side event are the following:

Ms.Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director, Tebtebba, is an indigenous activist from the Cordillera region in the Philippines. Ms. Tauli-Corpuz has founded and managed various NGOs involved in social awareness raising, climate change, the advancement of indigenous peoples' and women's rights. A member of the Kankana-ey Igorot peoples, she was the chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She is an Expert for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and has served as the chairperson-rapporteur of the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations. She is also the indigenous and gender adviser of the Third World Network and a member of United Nations Development Programme Civil Society Organizations Advisory Committee.

Mr. Roberto Múkaro Borrero (Taino) is a UN Programs Consultant for the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and the Tribal Link Foundation. Borrero is a member of the indigenous Borikén Taino Community and the current president of the United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP), a Caribbean Indigenous Organization. He also serves as a board member for the Caribbean Amerindian Development Organization (CADO) and is the chairperson of the NGO Committee on the United Nations International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Borrero's work current work focus and interest areas include Business and Human Rights, Climate Change, Oceans & Seas, Small Island Developing States, Food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture, Capacity-building, and Technology.

Ms. Galina Angarova is a representative of the Buryat peoples, a Russian indigenous group. Ms. Angarova  is Tebtebba's Policy and Communications Advisor based in New York representing Indigenous Peoples' Major Group at the UN. Previously she has worked as a Russia Program Director at Pacific Environment and her work concentrated on issues of climate change and impacts on IP's subsistence resources in the Arctic, resource extraction and impacts of development on indigenous and local communities in Siberia and the Russian Far East. Galina received an Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship from the US Department of State to complete a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico in 2002.  She currently serves on board of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.

 

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