In preparation for the 11th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), Tribal Link organised a training session for Indigenous Peoples from all over the world from 2-4 May. This year’s training included a daylong session on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Article 8(j) of the Convention, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, and biocultural community protocols. The third day of the training was organised by John Scott (CBD Secretariat), assisted by Lucy Mulenkei (Indigenous Information Network and the Indigenous Women’s Biodiversity Network, IWBN), Florina Lopez (Kuna Yalaas and IWBN) and Johanna von Braun (Natural Justice).
Many of the discussions related to comparing strategies of engagement between the UNPFII and the CBD with respect to indigenous issues. The 11th Session of the UNPFII is affected, similar to previous years, by severe spacial challenges due to ongoing constructions at the UN Secretariat in New York. While 1600 participants have been registered from all over the world, the meeting venue can only hold 400 people.