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Pre Cop Reunion in Brasilia

28 de janeiro de 2019

On the 7th and 8th of November os 2018, Uma Gota no Oceano reunited at the head office of the National Indian Foundation (Funai) in Brasilia, with indigenous leaderships that were going, the following month, to the UN Climate Conference (COP-24) in Katowice, Poland.

The objective was to discuss the main issues and demands programmed at the event, introducing the indians to the way the UN agencies such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change, know as Caucus, work.

At the meeting, we recorded three videos with the leaderships, making their voices echo. On one of them, addressed to the current Minister of Justice, Sergio Moro, respect was demanded to the rights of the indigenous peoples, especially in regard to the demarcation of lands and conservation of Funai inside the Ministry of Justice. In another, produced to be screened at the COP 24, the indigenous leaderships of all regions of the country showed the hazardous effects of the climate change on their village and their way of life and took this opportunity to make an appeal to the international community for the preservation of the environment and respect for the traditional peoples. The third was a request to support the General Assembly for the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples and Organizations of the Northeast, Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo (APOINME), so that more representatives of the communities could attend the meeting. Among the activities realized by Funai, a timeline of the landmarks of the climate, environmental and indigenous movement agenda for this year was shown, as well as the advances of the Platform of Traditional Peoples and Communities.

Other organizations, such as the Institute of Indigenous Research and Formation (IEPE), the Amazon Cooperation Network – Brazil(RCA), and the Institute of Environmental Research of the Amazon (IPAM) were present at the Funai headquarters.