Climate Change

Indigenous people are among the hardest hit by climate change

with climatic variability impacting both livelihoods and food security

"FAO is well aware that indigenous peoples are among the hardest hit by climate change because of the impact climatic variability has in their livelihoods and food security," said Mr. Yon Fernandez de Larrinoa, FAO Indigenous Peoples' Focal Point during the 15th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at the UN Headquarters on May 11, 2016.

"Since the last session of this Permanent Forum, numerous important developments have taken place. Without any doubt, the most important one has been the recently approved System-Wide Action Plan (SWAP) for ensuring a coherent approach to achieving the ends of the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples," he added.

This SWAP gives UN agencies, funds and programmes the opportunity to work in a way that advances indigenous peoples' agenda by building bridges based on mutual respect among all of us, he noted.  Organized around the theme "Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution", this year's forum which took place 9-20 May, witnessed participation from member states and indigenous peoples' representatives around the world.

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