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Copenhagen brings indigenous climate change issues to world stage By Terri Hansen, Today correspondent Story Published: Dec 14, 2009 Story Updated: Dec 15, 2009 COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Indigenous peoples of the Amazon, the Arctic, the islands of the Pacific Ocean and communities throughout the world that depend on their natural ecosystem for sustenance, livelihood and culture are the world’s prime witnesses to climate change. Yet even as they watch as their lands experience some of its earliest impacts, they have little say in the most important climate negotiations to date: the 15th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that began Dec. 7 – something that Inupiat Patricia Cochran (, chair of the Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change, said “epitomizes climate injustice.” “We did get some gains in the work that we are doing here in Copenhagen,” Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (, chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said. “We managed to bring in the recognition of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, an important instrument to ensure the rights and the knowledge of indigenous peoples is respected in all climate mitigation and adaptation processes.” Tauli-Corpuz considers this a major victory because no convention has even discussed the rights of indigenous peoples, much less mentions the Declaration. “Of course, we would have wanted stronger language but because of the opposition by the United States, and that we’ll have to negotiate with them on what is going to be contained in the document, that is the best that we can reach so far.” The historic climate summit – aimed at reworking agreements to combat climate change when the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, a pact of agreed-upon target emissions between 37 industrialized countries and the European Union runs out in 2012, offers indigenous peoples a critical venue: the eyes of the world.
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‘Tuvalu’s strong plea’ Testimony of Ian Fry (, Tuvalu delegate to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark: “The entire population of Tuvalu lives below two meters above sea level. The highest point above sea level in the entire nation of Tuvalu is only four meters. “Madam President, we are not naive to the circumstances and the political considerations
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