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Statement of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) Joint Opening Plenary at COP27

Statement of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) Joint Opening Plenary at COP27, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

November 6, 2022


Climate change is a matter of life and death. State actions have fallen far short, Greenhouse gas emissions and global temperatures are increasing, threatening genocide for Indigenous Peoples in Africa, the Arctic, Coastal, Small Island and all other ecosystems.

Indigenous Peoples’rights are inherent, collective and internationally recognized, including rights to life, self-determination, lands and territories, food systems, and free prior and informed consent. We will not allow these rights to be diminished by conflating us with minorities, vulnerable groups or local communities.

We have the right to full and direct participation, including our youth, women, persons with disabilities and knowledge holders, in all UNFCCC bodies and processes including the new Article 6 grievance mechanism and the creation of a new financing mechanism accessible to Indigenous Peoples from all regions and eco-systems.

Carbon markets and offsets, geo-engineering, “Net Zero” frameworks, “Nature-based solutions”, “ecosystem services” do not cut emissions and are new forms of colonization. The NDC’s must include clear indicators for drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, including the accelerated phase out of fossil fuels in order to maintain the 1.5-degree Paris commitment.

The Paris Agreement also commits States to respect, promote and consider their obligations to the rights of Indigenous Peoples in climate action. The Global Stock Take must focus on implementation of these commitments.

We commit to real solutions based on our knowledge, practices and time-tested sciences, and the full exercise of our rights, at the United Nations and in our own territories. We will continue to work with you for the survival of our children, and yours.

Thank you.


The statement delivered by youth Mr. Nourene Ahmat Yaya.


Note: This statement was presented on November 6, 2022, (in Arabic) by an Indigenous representative from the African region in the plenary at the formal opening of the COP 27 in Sharm el-Sheikh Egypt.  The statement was limited to two minutes and a longer version was submitted to post. The IIPFCC statement was adopted after several hours of discussion by the entire Indigenous Peoples Caucus during the preparatory meeting over the weekend.  More than 200 Indigenous Peoples' representatives from all regions are present.