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IPFCCC AWG-KP Position Print

The IIPFCC acknowledges that the Kyoto Protocol (KP) is the only legally binding international instrument that sets quantified commitment targets and binding time tables for each Annex I Parties to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Indigenous peoples do not have time to wait for another binding agreement to be developed, which could take years. The Kyoto Protocol has many flaws, including violations of human rights within the implementation of its project mechanisms such as Clean Development Mechanisms, but the prospect of losing the only international treaty with no alternatives in place is problematic.

The IIPFCC thereby calls for the following:

1) Copenhagen must deliver a legally binding outcome in the form of an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol for the further commitment period 2013-2020, for Annex I Parties.

2) IIPFCC supports a binding aggregate emissions reduction target for developed countries (Annex 1) of at least 45% with a preferred level of 49% below 1990 levels by 2020 and at least 95% by 2050.

3) It supports using a fund-based approach, focusing on projects on sustainable development, with special emphasis on the most vulnerable groups including women, Indigenous peoples and local communities.

4) The IIPFCC opposes any attempt to merge AWG-LCA and AWG-KP. The AWG-KP must continue its process to negotiate for further commitment period for Annex I Parties.

5) The IIPFCC strongly supports that language be adopted within Agenda item 3 Consideration of further commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol. Consideration of information on potential environmental, economic and social consequences, including spillover effects, of tools, policies, measures and methodologies available to Annex I Parties that recognizes human rights including and rights of Indigenous peoples and rights to sustainable development.

6) During the amendment process of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, measures for recognizing the rights of Indigenous peoples must be secured in accordance with applicable universal human rights instruments and agreements, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This includes respect for the knowledge and rights of indigenous peoples; their rights to lands, territories and resources, and their full and effective participation, with their free, prior and informed consent.

7) The IIPFCC strongly supports the establishment of an experts group of the Kyoto Protocol and Indigenous peoples under the auspices of Meeting of the Parties. The Parties, together with representatives of Indigenous peoples, will agree on the functions and terms of reference of this body.


International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) Position Concerning the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties Under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP)
Adopted in Barcelona, 02-06 November 2009