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COP21 Side Event Invitation PDF Print

Tebtebba and CHIRAPAQ invite you to a side event, in coordination with the Indigenous Peoples' Gobal Partnership on Climate Change, Forests and Sustainable Development:

Strengthening Indigenous Peoples' Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies & Food Security through Direct Access to the Green Climate Fund

TUESDAY, 01 December
15:00 - 16:30 hrs
Observer Room 02

Panel Speakers:

  • Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Ms. Tarcila Rivera Zea, Center for Indigenous Cultures of Peru (CHIRAPAQ), Peru
  • Mr. Kimaren Ole Riamit, Indigenous Livelihood Enhancement Partners (ILEPA), Kenya
  • Ms. Vu Thi Hien, Center of Research and Development in Upland Areas (CERDA), Vietnam
  • Ms. Jo Ann Guillao, Tebtebba
Sign on to the Letter to GCF! PDF Print
Thursday, 29 October 2015 14:50

Sign on to the letter of indigenous peoples' organizations and support groups to the Green Climate Fund

Spearheaded by Tebtebba and the Forest Peoples Programme, the letter requests, among others, clarification on what is meant by "country ownership" where "simple reference to 'multistakeholder' engagement cannot satisfy or guarantee the effective participation of indigenous peoples." Another key point is direct access by indigenous peoples to finance where "We believe that in order to be able to offer our contribution and solutions based on our traditional livelihoods and knowledge, direct access to financing for indigenous peoples should be ensured."

Sign on to the letter by sending an email to raymond[AHT]



October 22, 2015

The Green Climate Fund Secretariat and Board
175, Art Center-Daero, Yeonsu-gu
Incheon 406-840,
Republic of Korea


Dear Green Climate Fund Secretariat and Board members,

Your upcoming meeting in Zambia will be a crucial one for the history and future of the Green Climate Fund. You will be discussing key policy issues such as the information disclosure policy and the monitoring and accountability framework for accredited entities, two important tools to ensure transparency, participation and accountability. You will also decide the first projects to be funded by the Fund, therefore providing the first opportunity to verify the effectiveness and efficiency of the GCF procedures and interim policies.

One of the key prerequisites for successful implementation of adaptation and mitigation projects by the Fund is the full effective engagement and consultation with all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples. Effective consultation, and engagement of stakeholders are fundamental to ensure “country ownership”. However, in this context, we, indigenous peoples, would like to bring to your attention our concerns regarding the use of the terms “country ownership” and “multi-stakeholder engagement”.

IIPFCC Statement - Dialogue with States, 17 Oct 2015 PDF Print


Download the Statement in English and Spanish.

During the Indigenous Peoples Dialogue with States on the UNFCCC held in Bonn, Germany on 17 October 2015, the International Indigenous Peoples' Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) set out several key demands for COP21 in Paris and beyond. The main demands are the following:


Parties should ensure an overarching human rights approach to all climate change interventions, procedures, mitigation strategies and adaption. The operational provisions of the Paris Agreement as well as the COP decisions that will provide guidance for the implementations of the deliberations adopted in COP21 should specifically require Parties to respect, protect, promote, and fulfill the rights of Indigenous Peoples as provided in the UNDRIP, ILO Convention No. 169, the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and General Recommendation 23 of CERD. There are some proposed solutions to climate change such as those under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) that have serious implications to the rights of indigenous peoples. Therefore, it is imperative that Parties recognize and respect the rights of indigenous peoples to their lands, territories and resources, including their cosmo-visions, subject to their free, prior and informed consent, with the right to say “No”. Indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolations must to be protected in their territories from extractive industries and other projects.

Resilience in a time of uncertainty: Indigenous peoples and climate change PDF Print

Resilience in a time of uncertainty: Indigenous peoples and climate change, 26 - 27 November 2015, Paris

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Background note

Climate change poses risks to all societies across the globe – however these risks are disproportionally distributed. Those who do least to accelerate climate change are those who are particularly threatened by its impacts. These include the over 400 million indigenous peoples in the world.

Indigenous peoples are a wide and diverse group of peoples who share a distinct set of characteristics including self-identification as indigenous peoples; historical continuity with pre-colonial or pre-settler societies; strong links to territories and surrounding natural resources; distinct social, economic and political systems; distinct language, culture and beliefs; and resolve to maintain and reproduce ancestral environments and systems as distinctive peoples and communities (UNDP HDR, 2014). International recognition of indigenous peoples and their collective rights to self-determined development and management of their resources can be found in declarations such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007).

Statement on GCF accreditation with updated list of sign-ons PDF Print

Green Climate Fund accreditation of Deutsche Bank sparks concern about integrity and reputation of Fund

As representatives of development, environment and social justice organizations engaged with the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Songdo, South Korea, we are tremendously discouraged and disappointed by today’s decision of the Board to accredit Deutsche Bank to receive and distribute GCF funds.

Deutsche Bank is one of the world’s largest financiers of coal. It has been criticized for its very poor record on human rights monitoring, was awarded the "Black Planet Award" for environmentally destructive business policies, and recently received a record fine for market manipulation and obstructing regulators. The GCF claims zero tolerance towards money-laundering, but has accredited Deutsche Bank despite the fact that two national regulators have this year fined it for the poor state of its anti-money-laundering governance.

The World Bank was also accredited by the GCF, despite its top-down, donor-driven nature that flies in the face of the GCF’s mandate to be more directly responsive to developing country and community needs – not to mention its poor track record on climate finance and concerns around human rights. Two other multilateral development banks with similar records, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), were likewise accredited.

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