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Indigenous peoples' letter to the GCF board to include presentation of status of development of

Dear friends and colleagues,

As you recall in occasion of the B15 held in December 2016, the Board adopted a decision to develop and consider a Fund-wide Indigenous Peoples policy at its B17 in July 2017, a decision that was very welcomed by us Indigenous Peoples and Civil society organizations worldwide.

Since then, however, not much has happened. We understand that a draft prepared by a consultant is being considered by the Secretariat and Board before being circulated for external comments. This means that – as it stands now – the request by the Board to consider the IP Policy at the upcoming Board meeting will be unattended .

We are fully aware of the substantial workload and backlog of work for the Board in its upcoming meeting, that might be one of the reasons for a re-organization of the Board agenda. However, it would not be a good signal for the Board to not have a discussion on an Indigenous Peoples policy on its agenda for B17, or at least a progress report on its development, that will indeed require an adequate timeframe to allow for proper consultations and comments. With this constructive spirit we wish to propose to the Board that an agenda item on a progress report on the development of a Fund-wide Indigenous Peoples’ policy be put on B17 agenda with a view to share an update on progress this far, and approve a timetable for consultations on a draft that then would necessarily have to be adopted at B18 at the latest. The 17th Board meeting will happen on July 3-6, 2017.

Int his regard, may again solicit your support by endorsing this letter? You can do this by just dropping me an email at to say that your organisations wants to support this letter. Please also include in your email your:

- organization’s name

- the country where you are based

- contact person

We are aiming to send this to the board board early enough so that they can consider it in the meeting agenda. Given the tight timeframe, we are requesting that you please send in your endorsement on or before 5 PM (Manila Standard Time)/ 5 AM EDT/9 AM GMT on June 17, 2017.

Thank you very much for your usual support.

Click here to see the letter!

All the best,


Helen Biangalen-Magata

Communications Officer


(Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education)

1 Roman Ayson Rd., Baguio City 2600, Philippines

Tel: +63 74 4447703 Tel/Fax: +63 74 4439459


“NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN"

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