22 June, 2017

Green Climate Fund adopts decision to develop an Indigenous Peoples Policy

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Written by Helen Biangalen-Magata

 

Baguio City, Philippines- On its 15th board meeting held in Apia, Samoa on December 13-15, 2016, the Green Climate Fund adopted a decision to develop a Fund-wide Indigenous Peoples (IP) Policy.

The Board Decision B. 15/01 that was under the report of the activities of the GCF co-chairs a) requests the Secretariat to prepare for consideration by the Board, at its seventeenth meeting, a fund-wide Indigenous Peoples Policy; and b) invites submissions from the Board, and Alternate members and observer organizations in relation to the development of the GCF Indigenous Peoples Policy.

“We welcome this decision as we have been calling for an IP Policy in the Fund since we began engaging in the Fund,” said Kimaren Riamit, the alternate active observer for the Southern CSOs and member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Advocacy Team on the GCF.

In recurrent communications to the board members, indigenous peoples have repeatedly called for a robust Indigenous Peoples Policy based on relevant and applicable international standards and instruments on indigenous peoples’ rights, such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. They also reiterated that the policy is a matter of urgency and would enable indigenous peoples to contribute to the Fund’s stated goals.

The decision of the Board has also been welcomed by indigenous peoples’ organizations from around the world as they look forward to inputting to the said policy in time for the 17th board meeting to take place in July 2017.

The Indigenous Peoples’ Global Advocacy Team on the GCF is organized by Tebtebba with Centro para la Autonomía y Desarollo de los Pueblos Indígenas (CADPI) of Nicaragua, Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA) of Kenya, with the support of Francesco Martone.