Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

- Potential Governance Arrangements Under the Paris Agreement

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Local communities and indigenous peoples (LCIPs) have been involved in the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 1992. In 2015, the Paris Agreement introduced a new element to strengthen LCIPs efforts to address and respond to climate change – the LCIP Platform. This report develops potential options for making the LCIP Platform operational. A facilitative working group, an expert group or a dialogue platform could enable further exchange of knowledge, promote capacity building and enhance the engagement of local communities and indigenous peoples in the UNFCCC process. Proposals provided in this report were discussed at an informal meeting held in February 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. The international meeting was attended by representatives of experts and negotiators involved in the development of the LCIP Platform.



Current participation of non-Party Stakeholders, in particular LCIPs

Stakeholders can participate in various ways in the UNFCCC process and other international regimes. This section aims to give a brief overview on existing practices within and outside of the UNFCCC and uses examples linked to the involvement of LCIPs. This lays the foundation for developing a range of options for involving LCIPs in the platform structure and its processes, which the paper explores in the context of the governance elements (see section 4).


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