Amazon Watch and Sarayaku Delegation to COP 23

Amazon Watch and Sarayaku Delegation to COP 23

Why We're Going to Germany for COP 23

World leaders will meet in Bonn, Germany from November 6th through 17th for COP 23 – the latest round of global climate talks. They're set to discuss how to implement the Paris Climate Agreement. Representing the U.S. in those talks will be climate villains like Scott Pruitt and Rick Perry. If left to them, business as usual will continue and climate chaos will become an everyday reality.

We'll be there, too. Together with Amazonian indigenous leaders from the courageous and inspiring Kichwa community of Sarayaku, we will speak truth to the powers that be about the solutions that center indigenous voices and respond to the systemic causes of climate chaos. Together with our indigenous and frontline community allies, from Sarayaku to Standing Rock, we will resist the fossil fuel industry's attempts to block true solutions to the climate crisis.

Indigenous peoples have solutions for climate justice, including the protection of sacred ancestral territories, including Sarayaku’s "Living Forests", keeping oil in the ground in the Amazon and around the world. World leaders need to listen to these solutions and take real action to confront climate change. The Amazon, Mother Earth and our future generations are depending on us to ensure our critical voices are heard.

More info: English media advisory | German media advisory | Sarayaku COP 23 press release

Delegation Bios:

Mirian Cisneros is the current president of the Kichwa nation of Sarayaku. From a young age she became involved in community and regional organizations, including the Sarayaku women's organization.

Yacu Viteri is the International Representative of the Kichwa Nation of Sarayaku. In this role he establishes and maintains contacts with governments, NGOs and civil society at the local, national and international level. Yacu is also an artist and musician.

Patricia Gualinga is a Kichwa indigenous leader from Sarayaku. For nearly twenty years, she has been a leader for her people in their defense of their rights and territories for years, including as Sarayaku's elected woman's representative and international representative. Patricia has been widely recognized for her leadership in promoting the global call to keep fossil fuels in the ground and indigenous and woman-led solutions to climate change.

Nina Gualinga is a young indigenous woman from the Kichwa community of Sarayaku and co-founder of Hakhu Amazon Design. Since she was eight years old, she has been actively involved in local, national and global advocacy efforts in defense of indigenous rights and territories in the Amazon and for climate justice.

Leila Salazar-López is the Executive Director of Amazon Watch, where she leads the organization in its work to protect and defend the bio-cultural and climate integrity of the Amazon rainforest by advancing indigenous peoples' rights, territories, and solutions. Leila is a mother; proud Chicana-Latina woman; and passionate defender of Mother Earth, the Amazon, indigenous rights and climate justice.

Kevin Koenig is Ecuador Program Director at Amazon Watch. He is a leading expert on resource and rights conflicts in the western Amazon Basin, having worked for over two decades with indigenous peoples in the defense of their territories and rights throughout the region's rainforests.

COP 23 Public Events

Sarayaku leaders/delegates and Amazon Watch will participate in official UN side events and public events, including: Climate March on November 11, the People's Climate Summit, International Rights of Nature Tribunal, WECAN Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change events, press conferences, and much more.

November 2 - 6: People's Climate Summit

Monday, November 6
9:30 am - 12:00 noon – Indigenous Peoples: Global Transformation and Just Transition of Humanity and Mother Earth
Who: Heather Milton Lightening, Kandi Mossett, Mirian Cisneros from Sarayaku & Tom Goldtooth
Where: Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn Room: K2, Ahrstraße 45, 53175, Bonn, Deutschland
Co-sponsored by: Indigenous Environmental Network, Indigenous Climate Action, Idle No More

November 7 - 8: Rights of Nature Tribunal

Where: LVR-Landes Museum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn
Organized by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

Tuesday, November 7
International Rights of Nature Tribunal Day 1 and Indigenous Peoples' Day at COP

8:30 am: International Rights of Nature Tribunal Opening Ceremony
Featuring Sarayaku leaders

10:30 am - 12 noon: Climate Alliance Event featuring Sarayaku leaders
Where: Bonn Zone, Cities & Regions Pavilion

3:00 - 4:30 pm: Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform:
Reinforcing the contributions of indigenous and traditional knowledge to the Paris Agreement
Where: Bula Zone, Meeting Room 12
Co-sponsored by: UNESCO, FAO, UNDP and CBD

4:00 - 5:00 pm: Our Journey Is Not Over – Indigenous People's Enduring Fight Against Climate Change
Featuring Sarayaku leaders
Where: Talanoa Space, Bonn Zone
Hosted by: Oro Verde Tropical Forest Foundation

Wednesday, November 8
International Rights of Nature Tribunal Day 2

9:00 - 11:30 am: Amazon Threats Case including Amazon in Ecuador (Esperanza Martinez and Sarayaku leaders), Brazil (Sônia Guajajara), Tipnis Highway in Bolivia and Indigenous Violations in French Guyana

3:00 pm: Rights of Nature Teach-In
Group 3 – Solutions for the Amazon: Kevin Koenig and Samanta Novella

Thursday, November 9

3:00 - 3:30 pm: COP 23 Press Conference
Report-back from the Rights of Nature Tribunal in Bonn: Foundations for Systemic Change in Climate Solutions
Where: Press Conference Room 2 Theatre, BULA Zone 3

Saturday, November 11
Climate March

Monday, November 13

1:00 - 6:00 pm: WECAN Women on the Frontlines of Climate Change event in downtown Bonn featuring a keynote from Patricia Gualinga and comments by Leila Salazar-López; a call to action by Sonia Guajajara; and interventions by indigenous youth including Nina Gualinga (Sarayaku, Hakhu) and Isabella Zizi (Idle No More SF Bay and Indigenous Women's Treaty in Defense of Mother Earth), and many more.
Where: AMERON Hotel Königshof (Adenauerallee 9, 53111 Bonn)

Tuesday, November 14

10:00 - 11:30 am: What role for primary forests, including intact forest landscapes, in climate change mitigation and adaptation?
Who: Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director, Amazon Watch; Professor Brendan Mackey (PhD) Director, Climate Change Response Program Griffith University; Virginia Young, Director, International Forests and Climate Program, Australian Rainforest Conservation Society; Stanley Wapot, Program Manager Governance and Sustainable Development, MSG Secretariat; & Phillip Duffy (PhD) President and Executive Director Woods Hole Research Centre.
Where: IUCN Pavilion, Bonn Room
Organized by: Griffith University and Woods Hole Research Centre

Wednesday, November 15
WECAN event (Bonn Zone) and press conference inside COP (Bula Zone)

11:30 am - 1:00 pm: WECAN Side Event: Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change
Who: Indigenous and grassroots leaders from various impacted regions; Representatives from various climate justice organizations; Thilmeeza Hussain (Voice of Women); Precious Phiri (Regeneration Intl.), Patricia Gualinga (Indigenous Leader Sarayaku); Osprey Orielle Lake (Founder, WECAN) and others.
Where: BONN Zone Meeting Room 12 (150), Room subject to change
Co-sponsored by: WECAN, Ithaca College, Organic Consumers Association (OCA), the Gaia Foundation

1:30 - 2:00 pm: Lofoten Declaration Press Conference (Bula Zone)

3:30 - 4:00 pm: COP 23 Press Conference – Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change
Where: Press Conference Room 2 Theatre | BULA Zone 3

3:00 - 4:30 pm: Enough Is Enough: Stopping the Violence Against Environmental Defenders
An alarming number of environmental defenders are killed around the world each year, while countless others face attacks, intimidation, and criminalization. What should governments do to protect those who are mobilizing to enhance climate action?
Who: Nina Gualinga and others TBA
Where: Meeting Room 10
Co-Sponsored by: Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Ford Foundation



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