Indigenous peoples' engagement in the COP 21, Paris 2015
The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC takes place in Paris from 30 November - 11 December 2015. COP21 needs to achieve a new legally binding agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries. The official aim is to achieve an agreement that will keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
Indigenous peoples are lobbying States to adopt a strong human rights approach and take into consideration indigenous peoples' special vulnerabilities to climate change impacts as well as their valuable contributions to climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.
During COP 21 indigenous peoples will raise awareness about their demands through a number of side-events, publications and public manifestations. They will also organize an Indigenous Pavilion, which during the COP will act as an exhibition and dialogue space with daily cultural events, press conferences and panel discussions.
The International Indigenous Peoples' Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) is organizing regional preparatory meetings to elaborate a consolidated position and advocacy strategy for the COP 21.
A dialogue meeting between States and indigenous peoples is planned for November 27. The indigenous caucus will convene a preparatory meeting on November 29 for all indigenous peoples' representatives attending the COP. Find details at the website of the IIPFCC
Indigenous peoples' demand for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
Indigenous peoples' territories are in the front line of climate change and indigenous peoples already feel the consequences of changing weather patterns. The proposed 2ºC goal will increase hunger and poverty of millions of indigenous peoples.
Indigenous peoples thus demand States to take urgent action to tackle global warming and climate change and commit to keeping global temperature increase below 1.5º C both in the Paris Agreement and in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.
Indigenous peoples also demand that Parties should ensure an overarching human rights approach to all climate change interventions, procedures, mitigation strategies and adaptation.
More information on indigenous peoples and climate change
- Updates of former conferences of the parties - COP 16 to 20 - see here