Celebrating International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Aug 9, 2022

Today, August 9, 2022, is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. In seeking to address the climate crisis (and the biodiversity crisis, and global pandemics), today is an excellent day to recognize how urgently the world needs to not only learn from the expertise of indigenous peoples, but to work in partnership to support and recognize the rights of indigenous peoples.  The Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force strives to build stronger, equitable, and collaborative partnerships between subnational governments, Indigenous Peoples, and local and traditional communities. At the core of this work is the fact that equitable, collaborative partnerships between governments, Indigenous Peoples, and local and traditional communities are essential for guaranteeing the human and territorial rights of key forest defenders. These partnerships are also critical for conserving important forested regions of our world; the people who live in and depend upon forests know these places best and have strategies that we all can learn from. Though partnerships based on trust and authentic collaboration take time to build, they are the most ethical and effective pathway forward. Let us celebrate, support, and partner with Indigenous Peoples today and every day going forward!

Some events that feature some of our amazing partners are featured below:

The Alianza Mesoamerican de Pueblos y Bosques (AMPB) is hosting several virtual sessions today, including one to analyze the current situation and challenges we face in the defense and protection of our rights, based on the historical memory of the Indigenous Peoples of Mesoamerica at 11:00 Central America/12:00 Panama & Mexico. https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88375524029

And AMPB member Red Campesina de Organizaciones Campesinas Forestales hosted a live session featuring expert panelists to discuss the Crisis Climática y de la Biodiversidad: Retos y desafíos de los Pueblos Indígenas

In addition, the United Nations hosted a webinar on the “Role of Indigenous Women in the Preservation & Transmission of Traditional Knowledge.”

To learn more about the GCF Task Force partnerships and alliances with Indigenous Peoples, see
Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities – GCF Task Force (gcftf.org)