The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) just officially backed and recommended the first ever climate agreement to centre on Indigenous voices.
The Escazú Agreement was first signed in 2018 by countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as a humanitarian act that protected their indigenous peoples. This included protecting them from the environmental impact of climate change, as the loss of land and sacred sites is deeply affecting these communities.
As a result, it also includes the protection of indigenous knowledge and traditional practices that restore, regenerate and protect the environment. After their meeting in May, the UNPFII put in their latest and final report that this agreement should be adopted by the UN’s member nations.