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Indigenous Peoples rights: Shortfalls, advances at COP26

Indigenous Peoples

As in past years, the most recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP), which concluded November 13 in Glasgow, Scotland, fell short of achieving the strong commitments needed from State Parties (countries) to halt the growing climate crisis. Indigenous Knowledge holders and Facilitative Working Group members at the closed knowledge sharing session for ...

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COP26: Ministers close to striking deal that will undermine ambition, Indigenous Peoples rights

Sengwer indigenous people

In negotiations under Article 6, which deals with the rules on carbon markets under the Paris Agreement, an increasing number of countries in Glasgow on Thursday, November 11, 2021, backed proposals which would exclude corresponding adjustments from being applied to “other international mitigation purposes”. Indigenous people from the Sengwer community in western Kenya. Photo credit: REUTERS/Katy Migiro This means they ...

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In Nigeria, toxic waste from WeWood jolts relations with indigenous peoples

WeWood Entrance Gate

The impact of toxic waste disposal in a river area is detrimental to indigenous peoples who live, use and benefit from the environment. WeWood entrance gate On September 3, 2020, the Chinese company, WeWood, engaged in ethanol production, discharged toxic waste into a pit that killed three people in the Omotosho Forest Reserve, Okitipupa council, Ondo State, Nigeria. The deceased ...

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Indigenous communities’ role in addressing biodiversity crisis not recognised by govts, says study

Sengwer indigenous people

A new study of 42 countries, released on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 by the Rights and Resources Initiative, suggests that numerous governments, conservation groups and investors have ignored a growing body of peer-reviewed evidence suggesting that recognising the land rights of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and Afro-descendants must be at the core of plans now being considered for stopping biodiversity loss and rampant deforestation ...

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Indigenous Peoples Day: Govts, companies urged to take actions

Sengwer indigenous people

Indigenous peoples’ around the world face a myriad of threats in their daily life from the worsening food crisis, to climate change, to landgrab by big transnational agribusiness corporations, to monoculture plantations and deforestation, to mining and extractive industries. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened threats to health, livelihoods, and wellbeing of indigenous frontline communities. Indigenous people from the Sengwer community ...

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Amid pandemic, Equator Prize winners provide blueprints for nature-based recovery

Sengwer indigenous people

Dubbed “Super Year for Nature”, 2020 would have seen a string of high-profile events on nature and biodiversity, the renewal of the global biodiversity framework, a quadrennial World Conservation Congress, and a Nature Summit during the UN General Assembly (UNGA), among many others. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, these gatherings have been postponed or moved to virtual formats. Indigenous ...

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Indigenous Peoples describe U.S. climate accord pull-out affront to planet, human rights

Indigenous Peoples

On Thursday, June 1 2017, President Donald Trump announced that his government would withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The U.S. now joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not party to the agreement (Nicaragua said they did not sign on because it did not go far enough). “This irresponsible and reckless action is consistent with his and ...

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Indigenous peoples and conservation: A call to action

Milka Chepkorir

The United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has made a series of recommendations to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples in the context of conservation activities. The Permanent Forum met in New York for the last two weeks, and, as part of the proceedings, heard from Milka Chepkorir, a Sengwer woman from Kenya, who presented a joint ...

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Support for Indigenous peoples’ rights gets a lift

Peruvian-Amazon

Support for Indigenous peoples’ rights has received a boost, thanks to key decisions adopted last week by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Hawaiʻi, USA. In a landmark pronouncement, the IUCN Members’ Assembly voted to create a new category of membership for Indigenous peoples’ organisations. According to the organisation, this will open the opportunity to strengthen ...

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Why Indigenous Peoples are central to climate action

International Institute for Environment and Development

August 9 is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2016, and is devoted to the right to education Indigenous communities across the world have a key role to play in tackling climate change and in achieving the climate goals set out in the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement. Indigenous peoples not only have a right to education, they can ...

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