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The Participation of Indigenous Peoples in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). From "Traditional" Actors to Actors Confronting the Anthropocene

Seminar — Open seminar with Deborah Delgado Pugley, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.


Date & Time:

Meeting room B.S. Jørgensen,
Building A,
1st Floor,
Rolighedsvej 25,
1958 Frederiksberg C

Hosted by:
Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO), University of Copenhagen


Open seminar with Deborah Delgado Pugley, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.

The participation of indigenous peoples in the multilateral negotiations that conform climate policies began with the Earth Summit (Rio de Janeiro, 1992). Globally, indigenous peoples participate in various national, regional and multilateral processes that shape the necessary public policies to administer “global commons”. Multilaterally, indigenous peoples have succeeded in pushing new political instruments and widening the recognition of their human and collective rights. Starting from a relevant milestone in this trajectory —the consensus behind the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007)— collective rights have spread within environmental law. How do indigenous organizations work to achieve this? What is the impact of their actions? What conclusions can be drawn for contemporary politics? This presentation is centered around the trajectory of indigenous organizations that, with their work during the past 20 years, have achieved recognition as key actors in the reduction of deforestation and the generation of alternatives for a low-carbon development. The recognition of their ancestral knowledge is a fundamental piece in this effort. Ideas of development and the political procedures within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have not adjusted yet to what these organizations defend, but substantial changes can be observed. The Conference of the Parties (COP), given the recognition of the need to reinforce local communities’ and indigenous peoples’ knowledge, technologies, practices and efforts to face climate change, established the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform, whose purpose is the exchange of experiences and best practices regarding mitigation and adaptation in a holistic and integrated manner.


The seminar is open to all.
You do not need to sign up.
There is limited seating.

It can be difficult or impossible to access the meeting room in a wheel chair or if you have impaired walking as you have to climb a few stairs to access the building but we have a ramp that we can place on the stairs to ease access.
Feel free to contact us prior to the event. We are happy to be of assistance to help ensure you can access the room safely.

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