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Durban COP 17: UNFCCC fudges decision on climate finance and makes little progress on REDD+ safeguard implementation

Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at their recent COP17 did not support performance indicators for reporting on the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights in REDD+. However, they did recognise that REDD+ benefits have to go beyond carbon to include biodiversity conservation and support for local livelihoods.

Forest Peoples Programme, with a delegation of indigenous peoples from Guyana, Kenya, Cameroon, Suriname and Peru, attended preparatory negotiations and the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, in late November/early December 2011. The main purpose of FPP’s attendance was to support the Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus and closely follow negotiations on REDD+ safeguards and finance. 

CP 17 de Durban: La CMNUCC evade tomar una decisión sobre la financiación de la lucha contra el cambio climático, y avanza muy poco en la aplicación de salvaguardias en las actividades de REDD+

En su reciente CP 17,  las Partes en la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (CMNUCC) no respaldaron la utilización de indicadores de desempeño para informar acerca de la aplicación de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas en REDD+. No obstante, sí reconocieron que los beneficios de la REDD+ deben ir más allá del carbono, para incluir la conservación de la diversidad biológica y el apoyo a los medios de vida locales.

El Forest Peoples Programme o FPP (Programa para los Pueblos de los Bosques) asistió junto con una delegación de pueblos indígenas de Guyana, Kenia, Camerún, Surinam y Perú a las negociaciones preparatorias y a la 17.a Conferencia de las Partes en la CMNUCC, que se celebró en Durban, Sudáfrica, a finales de noviembre y principios de diciembre de 2011. El principal objetivo de la asistencia del FPP era apoyar al Caucus de los Pueblos Indígenas y seguir de cerca las negociaciones sobre las salvaguardias y la financiación para las actividades de REDD+.

Suriname: Association of Saramaka Authorites and FPP Request to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination under the Urgent Action and Early Warning procedures, January 2012

Association of Saramaka Authorites and FPP request to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) under the Urgent Action and Early Warning procedures made in relation to Suriname's failure to implement the Saramaka People v. Suriname judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR).

Inter-American Court of Human Rights adopts compliance orders in the Saramaka People v. Suriname case, 23 Nov 2011

On 23 November 2011, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights adopted
compliance orders in the Saramaka People v. Suriname case. The Court finds that Suriname has failed to comply with the most important of its orders made in the 2007 judgment; holds that Suriname is in some respects "in direct contravention of the Court's decision and, accordingly, of the State's international treaty obligations;" and decides to convene a hearing on the case during 2012. Click here to read the IACHR Order