• Lead-organizer: Tebtebba Foundation
  • 17:00 - 18:30
  • Date: 21 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-8

Undertaking Sustainable Development, the Indigenous Peoples' Way

Organizing partners

Tebtebba - Lead Organizer

Co-organizer: Indigenous Peoples Global Network on Climate Change and Sustainable Development (IPCCSD) composed of the 23 indigenous organizations and networks and 4 support NGOs:

Alaska Native Science Commission, USA; Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN), Indonesia; Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP); Asian Indigenous Women?s Network (AIWN); Asociacion del Pueblo Mixe (SER), Mexico; Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Network on Climate Change and Biodiversity, Bangladesh; Centro de Culturas Indigenas el Peru (CHIRAPAQ), Peru; Centro para la Autonomiya y Desarollo de los Pueblos Indigenas (CADPI), Nicaragua; Comuna Santa Elena, Ecuador; Confederacion Mapuche de Argentina, Argentina; Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), Philippines; Forum for Indigenous Perspectives and Action (FIPA), India; Indigenous Representatives Active Members (IRAM), Cambodia; Institut Dayakologi (ID), Indonesia; International Indigenous Women?s Forum (IIWF/FIMI); Lelewal, Cameroon; Mainyoto Pastoralists Integrated Development Organisation (MPIDO), Kenya; Maleya, Bangladesh; Movement for the Survival of Ogoni Peoples, Nigeria; Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), Nepal; Ogiek People?s Development Program, Kenya; Taungya, Bangladesh; Tebtebba.

And the followng NGOs: Centre of Research and Development in Upland Areas (CERDA), Viet Nam; International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), Denmark; PipLinks, UK; Southeast Asia Development Program (SADP), Cambodia


The side event highlights experiences and lessons of indigenous peoples in undertaking their sustainable development in an integrated holistic manner, one that is based on respect for rights, is ecosystem-based and integrates traditional knowledge and culture.

Detailed programme

The side event will focus on sustainable development and how indigenous peoples are undertaking their development path underpinned by an integrated holistic approach. This integrated holistic approach is based on respect for rights, is ecosystem-based and integrates traditional knowledge and culture.

Indigenous panel members will share how their indigenous organizations and communities are already undertaking sustainable development in the face of the current multiple crises the world is being confronted with. These include experiences in dealing with, among others, climate change and its impacts, biodiversity loss, implementing low-carbon sustainable economies and traditional livelihoods, safeguarding lands, territories and resources. Speakers will share lessons, good practices and challenges in undertaking their sustainable development path.

Proposed speakers include: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Tebtebba; Myrna Cunningham, CADPI, Nicaragua; Joseph Ole Simel, MPIDO, Kenya; Joan Carling, AIPP; and one other indigenous speaker.

Through this side event, indigenous peoples would like to share with states, the UN, civil society and other stakeholders that their sustainable lifeways and practices are making significant contributions to the overall objective of achieving sustainable development, and that these contributions should be recognized and supported in the outcomes of Rio+20.
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