Press release: IWGIA’s immediate reaction to the COP 27 outcome
IWGIA's reaction on the outcome of COP27
19 November 2022
Throughout COP 27, Indigenous Peoples from all regions of the world have warned that the climate crisis for them is a matter of life or death – without lands and territories they will lose not only their livelihoods but their cultural and spiritual identity. History of colonialism is repeating itself – this time through false climate solutions such as carbon markets and net zero targets which will fail to lead to the needed societal transition.
Regarding the decision to establish of a fund for loss and damage, Indigenous Peoples from the global South can now hope to get some sort of compensation for their loss and damage they experience. But the lack of explicit reference to Indigenous Peoples in the decision text means that governments are not as such required to channel financial compensation towards them. Further to this, Indigenous Peoples from the global north are by default excluded despite their climate vulnerability.
On Article 6, and in other agenda items, late removals of text safeguarding human rights and Indigenous Peoples’ rights could end up having severe consequences for rights based climate action going forward.
International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) is a non-governmental human rights organisation promoting, protecting and defending Indigenous Peoples’ collective and individual rights for more than 50 years. We support Indigenous Peoples´ advocacy at the international climate negotiations at the UNFCCC.