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The role of the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) in indigenous peoples' climate change advocacy

The International Indigenous Peoples' Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) is the joint indigenous peoples' caucus in the the global climate change negotiations. It coordinates indigenous peoples' efforts and activities related to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process. 

The IIPFCC formulates indigenous peoples' common position, statements, proposals and recommendations for the inter-sessional meetings and Conference of Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC.  

During COPs the Forum has daily caucus meetings in the morning (9-10 AM) to coordinate lobby, and advocacy activities such as press conferences, side-events, exhibitions, and collective actions. The Forum and caucus meetings are open to those indigenous activists that wish to engage in the negotiations at any given time.

To pursue more focused-lobby work and negotiations, the IIPFCC has formed thematic working groups such as on SBI/SBSTA, on ADP, on Adaptation and Loss and Damage, on Mitigation and REDD+, and on Finance, Technology Transfer and Capacity Building.

The IIPFCC has a Global Steering Committee (GSC) composed of two representatives from each of the Indigenous Peoples' global regions: Africa, Asia, Pacific, North America, Arctic, Latin America and the Caribbean, Russia and Eastern Europe. The Global Steering Committee has three co-chairs (English, Spanish and French speaking). 

The Global Steering Committee has formed a global technical team which consolidates the IIPFCC positions on the various thematic areas and statements, as well as, the proposed indigenous peoples proposed language into the negotiating text.  

The IIPFCC has designated one English and one Spanish focal persons as liaison to the UNFCCC secretariat. The focal person is the channel for coordinating and communicating any matters relating to the UNFCCC secretariat including sharing of information from the secretariat, room assignment for the IIPFCC daily meetings in the official venue, IP speakers for plenary sessions open to observers, and coordinating with other observer constituencies among others. They also participate in the meetings of the Global Steering Committee and work closely with the co-chairs of the IIPFCC

The current focal persons are Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa of AIPP and Mr. Jorge Furagao of COICA from Latin America. 

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