New York City – The resounding beat of the gongs by the indigenous peoples marks the start of the 6-day parallel activity to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Summit called by the United Nations. The parallel activity is being participated by 30 indigenous peoples coming from 6 global regions and is led by the Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-determination and Liberation (IPMSDL).
Beverly Longid, Coordinator of the IPMSDL, said that “these are alternative venue and opportunity for indigenous peoples to share lessons, experiences and struggles for self-determination beyond the limits of the UN mechanisms; to build wider and stronger unity and achieve greater victories.” Among the initiatives of the IPMSDL are discussions on IP solidarity and engagement with UN mechanisms, building of grassroots indigenous peoples’ movement and participation in several actions for ancestral lands and climate justice.
The IPMSDL is a network of more than 100 active indigenous peoples organizations, communities and movements pursuing their respective struggles and campaigns on indigenous peoples rights.###
Beverly Longid, Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-determination and Liberation
Lea Fullon, Public Information Officer, Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas