Indigenous peoples voices were heard in United Nation conference in Germany

Indigenous peoples voices were heard in United Nation conference in Germany

AMPB representative, Victor Lopez explained how these joint efforts are building a common agenda to introduce their legitimate proposition to Governments and International Cooperation about an effective, inclusive and fair international climate agreement in Paris COP21 on December.

June 7th, 2015.
Bonn, Germany.

More than 100 people went to the event called “Indigenous people have the ability, wisdom and experience to manage forests” and it was a joint activity of indigenous peoples and local communities from tropical forests around the world for the global campaign If Not Us Then Who?

The campaign is a film festival about indigenous people experiences around the world in territories recognition and titling, climate territorial investments, free prior and informed consent for territorial investment and non-criminalization of indigenous and community leaders in the defense of climate and forests, previously released in Climate Change Summit (New York, September 2014), COP20 (Peru, December 2014) and 16 Anniversary of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago – AMAN (Indonesia, March 2015).

In this event, Victor Lopez Illescas from Guatemalan organization Ut’z Ch’e and representing Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB) and Hindou Oumarou from Network of Indigenous People and Local Communities for Forest Ecosystems Management of Democratic Republic of the Congo (REPALEF for its acronym in French) represented local communities and indigenous peoples, respectively.

German folk-band joined their music to indigenous peoples and local communities voices with a concert at the end of the film festival.

Film director Paul Redman from Handcrafted Films thanked indigenous peoples and local communities for let him record their experiences and spread their voices through the films.

Nick Nuttal, Head of Communications and Outreach and Spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the UN has interest in indigenous peoples and local community work because of their contribution to world’s alimentation by forest management.

AMPB representative, Lopez Illescas explained how these joint efforts are building a common agenda to introduce their legitimate proposition to Governments and International Cooperation about an effective, inclusive and fair international climate agreement in Paris COP21 on December.

Watch If Not Us Then Who? Movies in http://ifnotusthenwho.me/

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