The UN Human Rights Office earlier called on countries "to take action to protect those who lack the resources to protect themselves, as well as providing access to effective redress for climate harm.”
"What we want to see is that the response in Paris is one that takes into account the impacts of climate change on human rights,” it stressed.
About 250 indigenous leaders who engaged in unprecedented consultations in their regions in the Arctic, North America, Asia, Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean, Russia and Eastern Europe, and Africa submitted proposals to the ongoing talks. (READ: Indigenous peoples to world leaders: We carry burden of climate change)
In the document crafted by the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC), they reiterated their resolve to contribute their traditional knowledge and livelihood to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.