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Indigenous peoples are key in the implementation of the Paris Agreement

November 3 2016

Danish politicians engage in the panel debate. Photo/Jonas Schmidt Hansen
With less than a week ahead for COP 22 and the Paris Agreement entering into force, IWGIA fosters the debate about the relevance of including indigenous peoples’ rights in all climate change actions.

Why is climate change not only an environmental issue? This was the focus of a panel debate IWGIA and Forests of the World organized at the Danish Parliament last week. The objective was to pave the way for the upcoming discussions at COP22 in Morocco and reflect on Denmark’s commitments to ensure indigenous peoples’ rights within the global initiatives.

During the debate, experts on the topic, Danish parliamentarians and ngos discussed holistic approaches to include all aspects of sustainability in climate change actions. “Sustainability can only be ensured if indigenous peoples are included in the implementation of the Paris Agreement”, highlighted IWGIA’s Director Elsebeth Krogh.

Researchers and experts enriched the debate with documentation proving that in areas where indigenous people live, the environment and forests are better protected. This means that indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and rights to maintain their traditions are vital for mitigating climate change worldwide.
 
The Paris Agreement enters into force tomorrow Friday 4th November. This process opens up an opportunity to ensure a sustainable implementation of the agreement including the recognition of indigenous people’s rights to land and development.


COP 22: The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is taking place from 7-18 November 2016. During COP 22, parties will, inter alia, begin preparations for entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Read more about it here.