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Indigenous peoples fine-tune key proposals at the COP 20

December 8 2014
Indigenous Peoples PreCOP worked out proposals for the official climate summit

Servindi, Lima. Translated from Spanish by Luis Manuel Claps for SERVINDI and IWGIA

Applying a rights-based approach, recognizing and respecting indigenous ancestral knowledge, respect free, prior and informed consent in decisions affecting indigenous peoples and the inclusion of safeguards in the 2015 global climate agreement are some of the main proposals made by the indigenous peoples at the COP 20.

The document prepared by representatives of the indigenous peoples from around the world includes their top priorities, concerns and proposals to address climate change, for the global agreement to be adopted next year during COP21 in Paris.

The idea of the “International Indigenous Peoples’ Technical Workshop With States on The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Negotiations”, carried out from the 26th to 28th November 2014 in Lima, Peru, was to gather input and views from government representatives on the feasibility of including the indigenous people´s proposals in the climate agenda. Likewise, State delegates provided valuable information on the current state of the climate negotiations and mechanisms.


The indigenous proposals are grouped into a series of “clusters” related to the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples enshrined in the UN Declaration, the creation of a unit of indigenous technical support, financing mechanisms, full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in climate policies and the consideration of their specific needs, including gender and youth.

The event

The aim of the dialogue was to share ideas between indigenous representatives and government delegates before the negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

For a day and a half, constructive and transparent proposals were discussed by representatives of indigenous organizations from around the world and government officials from Mexico, Tuvalu, France, Canada, the European Union, United States, Norway, Bolivia among others.

The welcome message was given by the Minister of Environment, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who stressed the “open hands” attitude maintained by Peru to dialogue with indigenous peoples in the context of the participatory spaces opened by the COP20.

“We want this to become an example for the future,” said Pulgar-Vidal.

In general terms, the delegates of the States recognized the great work done by indigenous peoples and their convergence with the ideas expressed on most of the proposals.

On their part, the indigenous peoples valued the contributions made by the States and their presence in the dialogue was considered a gesture of goodwill.

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