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6 Nov 2021

UN News

COP26: Indigenous groups say rules for carbon markets should not violate indigenous people’s rights

"COP26: Indigenous peoples, protests, and a call to end the war on nature", 06 Nov 2021

As millions took to the streets of cities around the world on Saturday, demanding greater climate action, some countries taking part in the COP26 negotiations, made new pledges to invest in nature-based solutions and a greener approach to farming... Nature is critical to our survival... It is clear humanity is “waging a war on nature”, as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said... As countries recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a big push for nature-based solutions against climate change, and in terms of aiding economic recovery... No one knows more about how best to protect nature, than the indigenous peoples of the world, which have been very active inside and outside the COP venue in Glasgow this week, working to influence negotiations in every way possible, including street protests. “...You can’t solve the climate crisis without including indigenous peoples and without protecting their territories”, activist Eloy Terena... Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, former UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights... [said] "we need support to stop governments from criminalizing us, for protecting our territories". “...[I]n the Philippines, we have an Indigenous Rights Act, but we also have the Mining Act and well as an Investments Agreement who pushes them to extract our resources”... Ms. Tauli-Corpuz explained that during COP, indigenous representatives are moving their strategy to influence some of the decisions that are going to be made by the end of the week, including Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, which will establish rules for carbon markets and other forms of international cooperation. “The push is to really say that we cannot have market-based mechanisms if they violate indigenous people’s rights”...