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TEBTEBBA (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education)



Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education) is an indigenous peoples’ organisation born out of the need for heightened advocacy to have the rights of indigenous peoples respected, protected and fulfilled worldwide. It also advocates and works on the elaboration and operationalisation of indigenous peoples’ sustainable, self-determined development. Tebtebba actively engaged in the processes which led to the adoption of international human rights law and other international instruments, policies and agreements. These include the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the establishment of spaces within the United Nations, such as the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, among others. 

Established in 1996, Tebtebba seeks to promote and disseminate widely indigenous peoples’ worldviews, their perspectives on key issues such as individual and collective human rights, sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity, traditional knowledge, customary laws and governance, conflict transformation, gender, etc. To gather and consolidate such perspectives, Tebtebba brings representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations, networks and communities together to elaborate and deepen their views and positions and plan out education and awareness-raising campaigns they can do jointly.  These are also venues to further reinforce their capacities to take the lead in policy advocacy and campaigns on all issues affecting them.

Tebtebba, a word used by the indigenous Kankana-ey Igorot of Northern Philippines, refers to a process of collectively discussing issues and presenting diverse views with the aim of reaching agreements, common positions, and concerted actions.

Tebtebba has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and is legally registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Republic of the Philippines under SEC. Registration No. B199600209.


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Realizing Indigenous Women's Rights: CEDAW and Indigenous Women

Helen Tugendhat & Eleanor Dictaan-Bang-oa

21 March, 2014

Realizing Indigenous Women's Rights: CEDAW and Indigenous Women

A guide to using CEDAW to defend and protect the rights of indigenous women, published by the Asian Indigenous Women's Network (AIWN), Tebtebba Foundation and the Forest Peoples Programme.

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Tebtebba E-Newsletter: Mexico's Mixe People Coping with Climate Change and Defining Own Development

25 February, 2014

Tebtebba February 2014 E-Newsletter

Source: Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service

The cool mountain climate of a large part of the Mexican southern state of Oaxaca, home to about a million indigenous Mixe people, is now getting warmer—a situation that has proved to be both a boon and a bane for the upland farming folk.

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FPP E-Newsletter December 2013 (PDF Version)

Forest Peoples Programme

3 December, 2013

FPP E-Newsletter December 2013

Dear Friends,

What are the prospects for securing the land rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, and women in the foreseeable future?

Significantly, the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, under Goal 1 to “End Poverty”, sets a target to “Increase by x% the share of women and men, communities, and businesses with secure rights to land, property, and other assets”.

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Tebtebba E-Newsletter: Indonesia's Batak Keen on Recovering Grabbed Lands

8 October, 2013

Source: Tebtebba

NORTH SUMATRA, Indonesia, (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) – Manuhap Pandiangan easily climbed a 10-inch-diameter straight tree through two small pieces of two-foot long hard wood tightly fastened around the tree with a nylon rope. Then he uttered some prayers, and—around the tree up to about over 20 feet (5.88 meters) high—pierced the tree’s bark with a sharp knife, leaving several wounds on the tree’s bark. 

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FPP E-Newsletter October 2013 (PDF Version)

Forest Peoples Programme

1 October, 2013

FPP E-Newsletter October 2013

Dear Friends,

The principle that the enjoyment of human rights is both the means and the goal of development, highlights the importance of human rights monitoring as a means for empowering rights-holders to exercise their rights, whilst holding States and other actors accountable for their human rights obligations.   

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Latest submission to the Convention on Biological Diversity

5 July, 2013

FPP and Natural Justice organised a joint submission to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in response to a request for contributions from Parties and stakeholders about the CBD’s programme of work that deals with traditional knowledge about biodiversity (Article 8j). 

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Indigenous peoples' letter to the World Bank on the conduct of the safeguards review consultations

Joan Carling (AIPP) and various IPOs and NGOs

11 March, 2013

Dr. Jim Yong Kim
World Bank

March 4, 2013

Dear Dr. Kim,

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Submission into the World Bank Safeguard review process by Indigenous Peoples’ organisations and institutions

Various IPOS and NGOs

26 September, 2012

A submission into the World Bank Safeguard review process by Indigenous Peoples’ organisations and institutions. The submission remains open for further endorsements, please contact Robie Halip at AIPP for further information:

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What is REDD+? A guide for indigenous communities - New edition

Editors: Christian Erni & Helen Tugendhat
Writers: Eleonor Baldo-Soriano, Joan Carling, Raymond de Chavez, Christian Erni, Francesco Martone, Helen Tugendhat

10 September, 2012

What is REDD+? A guide for indigenous communities

The 3rd edition of 'What is REDD+? A guide for indigenous communities' is now available here. This book seeks to help indigenous communities and their organisations to provide their people with basic information on REDD+. It is intended as a guide in understanding climate change, REDD+ and how they relate to the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples.

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