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The rights, roles and contributions of Indigenous Peoples in NDCs: Experience from Asia

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Venue: Kaminzimmer Room, World Convention Center, Bonn, Germany  

Date: June 6, 13:15 - 14:45 CEST

Format: Hybrid (in-person & virtual) presentation and discussion

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Interpretation: Consecutive interpretation will be provided for remarks in Thai.

This event will share the findings of analysis of NDCs in 10 Asian countries, assessing how the rights and contributions of IPs are reflected in national climate commitments, identifying best practice, gaps, and issuing a call to action to recognize IPs as equal partners in efforts to enhance climate ambition.

Analysis undertaken by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) over the past two years, supported by UNDP, the UN-REDD Programme, the Development Cooperation Section of the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) through Swedbio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre investigates the rights, roles, and contributions of Indigenous Peoples in the NDCs of ten countries in Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) against nine indicators. 

Using a gender and social inclusion approach, the analysis considers whether each country’s NDC includes specific reference to rights holders such as Indigenous Peoples, including those more marginalized, such as Indigenous women, youth, and persons with disabilities, and whether the NDC explicitly recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ rights, including customary land and resource tenure rights, and the right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). The analysis also looks at whether and how NDCs promote or reference traditional knowledge, Indigenous Peoples’ participation, and capacity building and highlights a series of ways that Indigenous women, men, youth, and persons with disabilities contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement: by protecting forests and biodiversity, increasing the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered; protecting and restoring customary rules, practices, and traditional livelihood activities; maintaining and transferring their knowledge and wisdom on how to adapt to harsh climatic conditions; and providing inspiring examples of food system resilience.


  • Kittisak Rattanakrajangsri is an indigenous person. He belongs to the Iu Mien indigenous group from the north of Thailand. He is the current chairperson of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), chairperson of the Council of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand (CIPT) and director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Foundation for Education and Environment (IPF).
  • Tunga Bhadra Rai belongs to the Rai Indigenous Nation of Nepal. He works with the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) Climate Change Partnership Program
  • Naw Ei Ei Min received the U.S. Embassy’s Women of Change award on March 16 (2017). She is the Director of the Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT), Myanmar and Executive Council Member of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP).
  • Ms. Noraeri Thungmueangthong is a chief of Huay Ee Khang Village. She belongs to the Karen Indigenous group in Thailand. She is one of the prominent Indigenous Women leaders in Thailand.
  • Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa belongs to the Sherpa Indigenous Community from Nepal. Currently, he manages the Environment Programme of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Leticia Guimaraes is Senior Global Technical Advisor for UNDP’s Climate & Forests Programme.

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