India: Urgent attention of WWF called on forced evictions of indigenous Gond people for expansion of Panna Tiger Reserve
4 April 2016, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), along with Prithvi Trust, Dhaatri Resource Centre for Women and Children and other organisations in India, have called on urgent attention of WWF India on the serious threats of forced eviction of indigenous Gond families for expansion of Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, Central India. Presently, more than 200 Gond tribals in Umaravan village of Panna district are being forced out of their homes and lands, where they have long survived by living off their land and surrounding forests, with the government authorities cutting off electricity to the village as one of the tactics to force them out of their houses and lands.
Comments and Recommendations by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) on Draft Asia Pacific Regional Road Map on the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
The current draft does not clearly establish the need for alignment of the SDG implementation to the human rights obligations and commitments of states, as well as to the agreements for the protection and enhancement of biodiversity. These are cornerstone of the UN system that adopted the SDGs, and are thereby not additionality. The draft Road Map does not also provides for the operationalization of the principles of social and development justice to attain equality and equity which is critical in ending poverty, hunger, empowerment of women and ending discrimination and marginalization of indigenous peoples and vulnerable sectors. Further, there is also the need to implement the principles and measures to ensure transparency including information disclosure and accountability in the financing for development by both the public and the private sector. All these are essential in achieving the aim of the Development Agenda 2030 of “leaving no one behind”.
WE CALL ON GLOBAL SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY TO
PROTECT OUR PEOPLES AND OUR LAND, TERRITORIES AND RESOURCES
For Immediate Release
21 March 2016
The home of the world’s remaining forests, the planet’s biodiversity and rivers are in indigenous peoples’ territories. However, rampant large-scale development projects without regard to the environment and the indigenous peoples inhabiting these, are threatening to wipe out population and extract resources.
In order to address climate change, combat deforestation and achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) stresses on the need to recognize the collective land rights of indigenous peoples. “On the occasion of International Day of Forests, we call on the representatives of indigenous peoples, civil society organizations and governments to actively participate and support the global call to action on indigenous and community land rights to double by 2020 the global area of land legally recognized as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples and local communities,” stressed Ms. Joan Carling, Secretary General of AIPP.
On 12 March 2016, indigenous peoples from different areas in Asia came together in Yangon, Myanmar and unanimously decided to join the global campaign to demand their land rights, also known as the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights Campaign.
“This campaign is our collective struggle to demand our collective land rights. It is a mobilization of global efforts and energies to demand the land rights of 370 million indigenous peoples in the world, which are largely consisting of indigenous peoples in Asia”, said Joan Carling, the Secretary General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). “The Sustainable Development Goals will never be achieved without the recognition of indigenous peoples’ collective land rights and their crucial roles and contribution for the sustainability of our mother earth”, she added.
International Women’s Day 2016: Strengthening Solidarity, Consolidating Victories and Mobilising for Success
This week has been both a time for celebration and reflection, as Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) commemorated International Women’s Day in solidarity with women, men and children across the globe. Every year, AIPP, along with several other local civil society organisations who are working on the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality, organizes the annual march and rally in Chiang Mai, Thailand. On March 8th, the AIPP Secretariat members gathered at 3 Kings Monument in Chiang Mai and along with 300 other members of civil society and the wider community, including women with HIV, sex workers, members of the LGBT community and migrant workers, marched through the city streets, chanting their calls for better working conditions and just wages....
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- Comments and Recommendations by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) on Draft Asia Pacific Regional Road Map on the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
- SUMMARY PAPER: Indigenous Peoples’ Priorities in the implementation of 2030 Agenda in the Asia Region
- Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Press Statement on the Occasion of International Day of Forests
- Asia Regional Launch of the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights
- International Women’s Day 2016: Strengthening Solidarity, Consolidating Victories and Mobilising for Success