The 24th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held from 2-15 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland. Many indigenous peoples’, community-based and civil society organisations and networks participated in COP24, including some Members and Honorary Members of the ICCA Consortium. Although delegates arrived in Poland with high hopes for ambitious decisions on national contributions and human rights, especially as the meeting coincided with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, they ultimately left disappointed. One of the more positive outcomes of COP24, however, was the decision to establish the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform Facilitative Working Group, testament to the sustained participation and action of indigenous peoples and community representatives within and beyond the UNFCCC corridors.
For more information, please see the following articles:
- Interview (in French) of Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Honorary Member of the ICCA Consortium, on her role and expectation at COP 24: Tchadienne, 34 ans et « porte-parole » des sans voix du climat
- Article by the UNFCCC Secretariat on the creation of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform Facilitative Working Group
- Analysis by Andrea Carmen (International Indian Treaty Council) of the outcomes of COP24 related to indigenous peoples and local communities: COP 24 in Katowice Concludes with Historic Victory and Some Disappointments for Indigenous Peoples in the International Fight to Halt Climate Change
- Analysis of COP24 overall by the Heinrich Boell Foundation: Great expectations, low execution: The Katowice climate change conference COP 24
- Blog by Coraina de la Plaza of the Global Forest Coalition (GFC), ICCA Consortium Member, on climate finance: A gloomy future for climate finance at COP24
Front picture: President of the United Nations General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, (Ecuador) met during COP 24 (December 1, 2018) with Indigenous Peoples representatives from Arctic, Latin America, Africa, Pacific and North America including IITC’s Executive Director in Katowice Poland. (c) Kera Sherwood-O’Regan – extracted from the Cultural Survival website