Statement of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) in the UNSG Climate Action Summit

We are more than 400 million Indigenous Peoples in the world, and we protect 80% of the world's biodiversity. We are committed to working with all partners to address climate change with a human rights-based approach.

We commit to:

  • Leading the implementation of holistic plans to protect our biocultural diversity, ensuring the inclusion of our most marginalized
  • Develop actions to secure our rights to lands, territories and resources, self-determination and Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)
  • Access the development of renewable energies in accordance with our self-determination and FPIC

These actions will have the following impacts

  • Protect more Indigenous lands, resources and territories, contributing to biocultural diversity, carbon sequestration and reduced carbon emissions
  • Protect indigenous peoples' traditional livelihoods, food and water sovereignty and cultural transmission
  • Support resilient Indigenous Peoples
  • Produce effective climate solutions using the knowledge systems of Indigenous Peoples with scientific knowledge

What we need:

  • Full and effective implementation of the United Nations Declaration, participation and contribution of Indigenous Peoples in the formulation and strengthening of Nationally Determined Contributions and in other climate actions
  • Strong global commitment to keep global warming below 1.5°C
  • Financial support for the implementation of the Indigenous Peoples' Climate Action Plan
  • Support for independent global, regional and national meetings of indigenous peoples
  • Access to relevant and disaggregated information

Delivered by Mr. Tuntiak Katan from Ecuador 

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