Report of the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change

K. Galloway McLean, A. Ramos-Castillo, T. Gross, S. Johnston, M. Vierros, and R. Noa
Created: 7/30/2009 -


The Indigenous People’s Global Summit on Climate Change was held in Anchorage, Alaska, from 20 – 24 April 2009. The Summit enabled indigenous peoples from all regions of the globe to exchange their knowledge and experience in adapting to the impacts of climate change, and to develop key messages and recommendations to be articulated to the world at the fifteenth Conference of Parties (COP-15) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009.

Over 400 indigenous people from 80 countries attended the summit, the first such meeting on climate change focused entirely on Indigenous Peoples.

Each of the regions provided a report on the impacts of climate change on indigenous peoples in their region, successful adaptation strategies being employed, and recommendations for future action. Briefings were provided on international processes by various UN bodies, and panel discussions were held with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donors and the private sector.

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The UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative seeks to build greater understanding and facilitate awareness of traditional knowledge (TK) to inform action by indigenous peoples, local communities and domestic and international policy makers. Key outputs include research activities, policy studies, capacity development and online learning and dissemination.


Multilateral / Transboundary
Sector Addressed
Climate Justice
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Governance and Policy
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Culture / communities
Sociopolitical Setting

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