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Tuesday, 08 December 2009 22:09

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Totally Excluded


  • Where: Room - Asger Jorn located in Hall H of the Bella Center
  • When: Tuesday, 8 December 2009 at 18:00 pm


INDIGENOUS PEOPLES from around the world condemn the texts proposed by the Danish Government on the basis that they totally exclude indigenous peoples’ rights on all key issues.

The International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) are made up of indigenous organizations from all regions of the world and are present here in Copenhagen. Indigenous Peoples are supposed to be at the centre of all climate change debates. This is because they have lived with and protected nature for generations and are now the worst affected by climate change effects like floods, typhoons, drought, violent thunderstorms etc. They have least contributed to this global disaster. The full and effective participation of indigenous peoples, local communities and vulnerable groups is therefore the key to achieve a just and equitable outcome of the climate negotiations.


We reiterate the States’ and whole UN system’s obligations to uphold regional and international human rights commitments and standards, especially the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).



  • Joan Carling, Secretary General of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Thailand
  • Joseph Ole Simel, Executive Director of MPIDO, Kenya
  • Johnson Cerda, Indigenous Advisor to Conservation International, Ecuador