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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 - Updated: 9/26/2019


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.

Published On

Friday, July 31, 2009


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

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Sector Addressed: 
Climate Justice
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods

The Indigenous People’s Global Summit on Climate Change brought together over 400 indigenous participants from all over the world to exchange their knowledge and experience with climate change impacts, as well as successful adaptation strategies currently being used and recommendations for future actions.