Declaration of the Indigenous Peoples of the World to the UNFCCC COP 17 International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change, Durban, South Africa, December 2, 2011

We, the Indigenous Peoples of the world, united in the face of the climate crisis and the lack of political will of the States, especially the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, demand the immediate adoption of legally binding agreements with shared but differentiated responsibilities, to halt global warming and to define alternative models of development in harmony with Mother Earth.

Foro Internacional de Pueblos Indigenas Sobre el Cambio Climatico AWG-KP Intervención de Apertura – Martes, 29 de noviembre de 2011 – Durban/COP17 Leído por Ben Powless, Indigenous Environmental Network

Gracias Señor Presidente,

Me dirijo a ustedes en nombre del Foro Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas sobre Cambio Climático.

Reconocemos que el Protocolo de Kioto es el único instrumento internacional jurídicamente vinculante que tenemos para reducir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero.

Los pueblos indígenas, especialmente en África, ya están sufriendo los impactos del cambio climático. No tenemos tiempo para esperar más. Necesitamos un compromiso para un resultado jurídicamente vinculante.

REDD+ systems on providing information on safeguards (SIS): Inclusion of data relevant for indigenous peoples

Developing countries’ remaining forests are spaces inhabited by indigenous peoples. These spaces have been shaped, protected and expanded by indigenous peoples over generations. The relationship of indigenous peoples to forests is linked to livelihoods, cultures, world views and traditional knowledge and may be expressed through forms of customary tenure, land use and resource use. By proposing social and rights-based indicators and building blocks, this document promotes a view of REDD+ that is holistic and secures carbon stocks, biodiversity and the rights of forest peoples.