6 June: Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Forum: inclusive approaches to water in ecosystems, land, agriculture, and knowledge development


Indigenous Peoples and local communities have important and long-standing connections with their local water bodies. As the impact of climate change deepens, it is increasingly critical to reach these communities, especially as their understanding of water and the environment can offer a more contextualised perspective. The “Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Forum” aims to serve as a platform for the wisdom, worldviews and voice of indigenous peoples and local communities to inform water and land management on how to protect vital ecosystems more effectively. The recognition of Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ relationships to their local waters, and the associated obligations thereof, is of critical importance to climate change mitigation and adaptation and everyone’s water security.

Organizers: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Venue: National Library of Tajikistan (room #309)

Date: 6 June 2022

Time GMT+5: 14.00 – 18.00

Zoom Details: https://undp.zoom.us/j/87882000245?pwd=R0Q0aGE0bGNhSysxcDJiZ29NMTl0Zz09
Meeting ID: 878 8200 0245
Passcode: 06062022

YouTube Live Stream: Cap-Net – YouTube


14:00 – 14:05Welcome Prayer Viacheslav ‘Slava’ Shadrin (Siberian Aborigen Forum)
Session 1: Welcome Session
Facilitator:  Yolanda Lopez
14:05 – 14:15Forum Welcome by Chair, Local Development Committee under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan 
14:15 – 14:18Welcome Remarks by Mr. Shoimzoda Jamshed – First Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan
14:18 – 14:25Welcome Remarks by Darío José Mejía Montalvo (pre-recorded) – Chair of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII)
14:25 – 14:30Welcome Remarks by Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim (pre-recorded)
14:30 – 14:35Supporting Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ messaging on Water. UNESCO (Nigel Crawhall, Chief – Local and Indigenous Knowledge Section) & UNDP (Marianne Kjellén, Senior Water Advisor) 
14:35 – 14:40About UN 2023 Water Conference Core Group members of the UN 2023 Water Conference – represented by Federico Properzi, Chief Technical Adviser, UN-Water
14:40 – 14:45Q&A on 2023 Water Conference
14:45 – 14:50Session 2: Regional Challenges Facilitator: Tania Martinez Cruz
14:50 – 15:00Region – Asia
Phan Thi Thu Huong, GEDSI Advisor | Mekong Region Water Governance Program.
Prem Singh Tharu, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
15:00 – 15:15Region – Asia
Viacheslav ‘Slava’ Shadrin (Aborigen Forum)
15:15 – 15:25Region – Asia
Usubaliev Baibek and Kudaibergenov KubatNational Pasture Users Association, Kyrgyzstan
15:25: – 15:35Region – Asia
Verng Many from Kreung Indigenous Peoples community, Cambodia Indigenous Women Association (CIWA) (Prerecorded)
15:35 – 15:45Region – Africa
Joram ǀUseb (Namibia, IPACC)
15:45 – 16:00Region – Americas
Darío José Mejía Montalvo (Colombia) Global Hub / IP Food Coalition, Zenu, Colombia / LAC – pre-recorded or read by Yon Fernández-de-Larrinoa, Head, Indigenous Peoples Unit, FAO
16:00 – 16:05Regional round-up summary
Moderator – Tania Martinez Cruz
16:05 – 16:25 Break
16:25 – 16:30Session 3 – Indigenous Peoples and Local Community engagement in global processes
Facilitator – Yolanda Lopez
16:30 – 16:50Opportunities for engagement – Indigenous Peoples and Local communities Panel Discussion
16:50 – 17:05Building a Road Map for Engagement to UN 2023 Water Conference 
Nigel Crawhall, (UNESCO Chief – Local and Indigenous Knowledge Section)
Yon Fernández-de-Larrinoa, (Head, Indigenous Peoples Unit,FAO)
David Hebart-Coleman (UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility)
17:05 – 17:15Inspirational words – Rajendra Singh “ Jal Purush, Waterman of India” 
17:15 – 17:20Session 4 – Messages to the Dushanbe Water Process leading up to the 2023 UN Water Conference
Facilitator – Tania Martinez Cruz 
17:20 – 17:45Confirmation of Plenary draft messages 
17:45- 17:50Supporting Remarks
Shamila Nair-Bedouelle,  Assistant Director General for the Natural Sciences (UNESCO)
17:50 – 17:55Final Remarks and Closing by Chair Local Development Committee under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan
17:55 – 18:00Closing Prayer: Viacheslav ‘Slava’ Shadrin (Siberian Aborigen Forum)

Discover more: https://dushanbewaterprocess.org/conference/