Local Communities and Indigenous People’s Platform Finalised at COP23

The COP23 Presidency is pleased to announced the Parties have finalised the Local Communities and Indigenous People’s (LCIP) Platform, to give a voice to indigenous people within the UNFCCC process and allow them to share highly valuable traditional knowledge.

The Platform, which was first introduced during COP21, has been a key priority for the COP23 Presidency as it creates a space for local communities and indigenous peoples to actively contribute and participate in the UNFCCC process.

The Platform will strengthen the knowledge, technologies, practices, and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples to address and respond to climate change, as well as facilitate constructive dialogue with all stakeholders to share mitigation and adaptation experiences within the framework of the UNFCCC.

It will promote the exchange of experiences aimed at strengthening and preserving traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples, build the capacity for engagement of the Parties and all relevant stakeholders with local communities and indigenous peoples, and facilitate the integration of diverse knowledge in to climate change policies to achieve the nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) decision on LCIP has been adopted by the COP. SBSTA will consider further functionalities of the platform at its upcoming 48th session, which will take place in the Spring of 2018.

The SBSTA will then submit its findings of the Platform’s work at COP24, which will be held in Poland in December 2018.