Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education) is an indigenous peoples’ institution born out of the need for heightened advocacy to have the inherent human rights of indigenous peoples respected, protected and fulfilled. Established in 1996, Tebtebba seeks to raise the awareness of governments and the dominant society on indigenous peoples’ situations, worldviews, rights, and perspectives on development, well-being and sustainability.
Tebtebba envisions “A world where indigenous peoples’ rights, embedded in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and other Human Rights Conventions and instruments, are respected, protected and fulfilled; where there are unified yet diverse and vibrant indigenous peoples’ movements, formations and communities at various levels, which persist in asserting indigenous peoples’ human rights and achieving sustainable, self-determined development; where respect for diversity, human rights, solidarity and reciprocity with nature and all creation is the basis of coexistence between peoples and between human beings and the natural world.”
It works in five Priority Program Areas, namely:
- Enhancing Capacities for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
- Effective National Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
- Promotion and Implementation of International Human Rights Law and the UNDRIP at National, Regional and Global Levels
- Philippine National Program for Indigenous Peoples’ Empowerment and Sustainable Development
- Indigenous Peoples’ Sustainable and Self-Determined Development (IPSSDD)