Asia Caucus statement on the zero draft for the outcome document of the UN High Level Panel known as the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) presented during the information consultation with the UN President of the General Assembly.
Thank you and Kopivosian Mr. Chairman,
First, the Asia Caucus would also like to acknowledge the work of the President of the General Assembly (PGA) and the team of advisors in producing the zero draft which reflects certain recommendations from the Alta outcome document as well as recommendations made by the Asia caucus during the first round of consultations on 3 June and the interactive hearing on 17 and 18 June. We have been referring to this document as a basis of our analysis.
The video on “Community Based Forest Management: Local Solutions to Global Challenges” expounds on the important role of community based forest management in indigenous peoples’ livelihood and food security; spiritual and cultural values; and climate change mitigation. The video focuses on the land use system of Lua (La-weu) indigenous peoples including sustainable practice of shifting cultivation in northern Thailand; and the challenges faced by the Bhagpani and Sitalupakha Women’s Community Forestry User Groups on forest management in Nepal.The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) produced this video in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples’ Foundation for Education and Environment (IPF).
Agenda Item 7: United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples
Madam/Mr. Chair, expert members, distinguished government delegates, indigenous brothers and sisters,
The Asia Caucus is pleased to inform the EMRIP of several developments in the realization of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Asia.
In Indonesia, the National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples in the Archipelago, AMAN, has won its case in the Constitutional Court through its declaration that customary forests are not state forests, affirming indigenous peoples’ customary rights over their forests.
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Agenda Item 6: Study on the Promotion and Protection of the rights of IP in Natural Disaster Risk Reduction and Prevention and Preparedness Initiatives
Indigenous peoples in Asia are the most impoverished, marginalized and vulnerable peoples in the world and are also the most affected by climate change impacts and its uncertainties.
Generally, indigenous peoples inhabit marginal and fragile ecosystems. These areas are most threatened from increased climatic uncertainties and calamities, unpredictable occurrences and slow onset climatic events like cyclones, hailstorms, desertification, sea level rise, floods and prolonged droughts. These events are occurring in increased intensity, which is severely impacting our lives since our livelihood system is directly dependent on these ecosystems. And we would like to note that these are effects of the operations of extractive industries and so-called development projects mostly supported by the states over the past decades.
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
7-11 July 2014
Agenda item 5: Continuation of the study on access to justice in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.
Joint statement by prof. MongShanoo Chowdhury, Chittagong Hill Tracts Citizen’s Committee (CHT-CC), Center for Integrated Program & Development (CIPD), La Voix de Jummas (LJV), and Asia Caucus on the Indigenous peoples
- Our Forest Our Life
- Asia Caucus statement on the zero draft for the outcome document of WCIP
- Community Based Forest Management: Local Solutions to Global Challenges
- Asia Indigenous Caucus Statement at EMRIP 7th Session, 7 – 11 July 2014
- Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 7th session, 7 – 11 July 2014
- 7th Session of the UN Expert Mechanism on Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Partnership Strengthens Voice of Asia-Pacific Indigenous Peoples on REDD+