Local and indigenous knowledge to climate action: Ecojesuit at the COP25 Capacity-building Hub

Local and indigenous knowledge to climate action: Ecojesuit at the COP25 Capacity-building Hub


At COP25 Madrid, Ecojesuit and the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities share experiences on human rights-based solutions and local and indigenous knowledge for climate action in a special merged session during the Capacity-Building Knowledge to Action Day on 6 December.

This merged session focuses on the topic Local and Indigenous Knowledge to Action with Pedro Walpole, Ecojesuit Global Coordinator, and Commissioner Roberto Eugenio Cadiz of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR) as key speakers.

Commissioner Cadiz will discuss the process and recommendations of the National Inquiry on Climate Change (NICC), a global dialogue process in 2018 that CHR undertook in response to a petition that sought possible responsibilities of Carbon Majors for the impacts of climate change on the human rights of Filipinos. Hearings and consultations were held in Manila, New York City, London, Scotland, Bangkok, and Breuklen, and involved voices of community representatives, indigenous communities, farmers, fisherfolk, informal urban settlers, scientists, and legal experts.

2019_12_06_N&E_Photo2In a segment called Beyond the Amazon: Laudato Si’, Indigenous peoples, the Church, Pedro Walpole, who also serves as Science Adviser to the CHR, will talk about how Laudato Si’ helps in the context of climate justice for those most vulnerable. The segment will focus on how faith-based organizations can provide a platform for the voices of indigenous and marginalized communities and the youth amidst the dominance of the market economy and consumption.

Representing DGM are Lucely Pio and Grace Balawag, members of the DGM Global Steering Committee, who will explain their partnerships with indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC) in climate action in Brazil and other areas. They will also present the DGM Annual Report during their segment.

The Local and Indigenous Knowledge to Climate Action panel brings together IPLC leaders and representatives, faith-based organization representatives, and human rights leaders to contribute to global efforts in fulfilling the Paris Agreement and strengthen their roles in national and international climate processes through the tools, results, and lessons learned. This session also shares approaches that promote IPLC knowledge and practices.

This activity is part of a series of events for the 2nd Capacity-Building Hub that is organized and hosted by the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) and implemented by Conservation International. The Capacity-building Hub is “a space of representation and collaboration for a wide array of stakeholders active in capacity-building related activities” and takes place in the margins of COP. It was established in COP24 in Katowice, Poland where the 1st Capacity-Building was held.

The session will be held from 12:45-13:45 (GMT+1) at Hall 4, IFEMA, Madrid, and is open to Blue Zone and Capacity-building Hub pass holders. A livestream of the event can be viewed here and recordings will be available until February 2020.

For the full schedule of the 2nd Capacity-building Hub, please visit the UNFCCC site.


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