Indigenous peoples and local communities at the front lines of climate change will soon be able to exchange lessons learned and share their unique perspectives on reducing emissions, adapting, and building resilience through a new platform created by the Paris Agreement. The newly established platform came into existence through the decision adopting the Paris Agreement in December 2015 at COP21. The Paris Agreement 1/CP.21 paragraph 135 has recognized the need to strengthen knowledge, technologies, practices and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples related to addressing and responding to climate change, and establishes a platform for the exchange of experiences and sharing of best practices on mitigation and adaptation in a holistic and integrated manner.
In the climate conference (COP22) held in Marrakech (see COP 22 report, paragraphs165-169) in November 2016, Parties decided to adopt an incremental and participatory approach to developing the local communities and indigenous peoples platform with a view to ensuring its effective operationalization.
In order to initiate the process to develop the local communities and indigenous peoples platform, an open multi-stakeholder dialogue on the operationalization of the platform was convened on 16 May (10-13 hrs) – 17 May (15-18 hrs) in conjunction with SB46. Please see the Agenda here.
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