Global policy platforms and learning networks of indigenous peoples and local communities

IPLC organisations and networks work together on several global platforms to monitor progress on the implementation of the global agenda on sustainable development, biodiversity and climate change, some examples of which are described below. CBMIS-generated data informs policy advice and engagement with governments and other actors, thus linking grassroots realities with national reporting and global assessment and reviews.

The International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity and the CBD

The International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity collaborates with the Indigenous Women’s Biodiversity Network, the Centres of Distinction on Indigenous and Local Knowledge, the Forest Peoples Programme, and the Secretariat of the CBD to produce Local Biodiversity Outlooks as a complementary publication to the Global Biodiversity Outlooks.

The International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and the network of Centres of Distinction on Indigenous and Local Knowledge; and IPBES

Comprised of organisations implementing programmes on indigenous and local knowledge in different global regions, these networks identify and link the holders of indigenous and local knowledge with experts in geographic regions or themes, creating focal points for collaborative work with each other and with governments, scientists, researchers and policy specialists.

The Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development (IPMG)[1]  has published regional reports and a global report on the situation of lands, territories and resources of indigenous peoples; thematic reports on biodiversity, on indicators, on access to energy and on inclusion, equality and empowerment; and a special report on indigenous women. IPMG supports the Indigenous Navigator[2], a shared CBMIS framework for monitoring implementation of: the UN Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples; the SDGs; and the outcomes of the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples being implemented in 11 countries (Nepal, Bangladesh, Philippines, Cambodia, Colombia, Peru, Suriname, Cameroon, Kenya and Tanzania) and funded by the European Commission.

The International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change and the UNFCCC

The International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change has successfully advocated for environmental and social safeguards in REDD+ and the creation of a ‘local communities and indigenous peoples platform’ to strengthen the knowledge, technologies, practices and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples in relation to climate change. A facilitative working group has been established to elaborate the work programme and to further operationalise the platform.

The International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on World Heritage

The International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on World Heritage[3] was created by indigenous delegates at the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland, in July 2017. Modelled on the CBD and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, it is a standing global body aiming to engage with the World Heritage Committee during its meetings, to represent the voices of indigenous peoples on the World Heritage Convention.

[1] Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development: https://indigenouspeoples-sdg.org/index.php/english/

[2] Indigenous Navigator: http://nav.indigenousnavigator.com/index.php/en/

[3] International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on World Heritage: https://iipfwh.org/

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