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Apr 29

GEF Small Grants Programme engagement with Indigenous Peoples: a retrospective review of 25 years and plans for the future

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

The GEF Small Grants Programme invites to a side event at this year’s UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), to be held on Thursday 29 April from 9am to 10:30am (EDT – New York) via Zoom.

This side event will highlight how Indigenous Peoples have been stewards of the global environment and how international organizations can best support them. The event will introduce a retrospective report on 25 years of engagement with Indigenous Peoples by the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by UNDP.

The online event will feature a panel of speakers to discuss how SGP projects and initiatives have engaged and empowered Indigenous Peoples in traditional sustainable natural resource management, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, reduction of toxic chemical pollution/mercury, and through the Indigenous Fellowship programme. The panel will review how SGP can better support Indigenous Peoples during the next GEF-8 funding cycle.

There will also be an update on the activities of the GEF’s Indigenous Peoples’ Advisory Group (IPAG), including the role of and opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and local communities in the current GEF funding cycle.


Welcome and introduction – Yoko Watanabe, Global Manager, GEF SGP

Introducing the SGP publication on 25 Years of engagement with Indigenous Peoples in the context of the priorities of the 2021 UNPFII and SDG 16

Comments from the GEF Indigenous Peoples Advisory Group (IPAG) and the importance of Indigenous Peoples to the GEF – Lucy Mulenkei, IPAG Chair, and Sarah Wyatt, GEF Secretariat

Panel on SGP projects involving Indigenous Peoples (moderated by Terence Hay-Edie, GEF SGP)

  • Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development partnership with SGP on Indigenous Peoples access to energy – Joan Carling, Indigenous Peoples Rights International
  • SGP Indigenous Fellowship programme – a personal testimony by Barsha Lekhi (Nepal)
  • SGP support regarding mercury on indigenous peoples – Francis Oti Boateng (Ghana)
  • Global Support Initiative for Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) partnership with Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) – Fabiola Quijivix (Guatemala)

Interactive Q&A with the audience

Closing remarks, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, GEF CEO


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Meeting ID: 862 8837 1890

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April 29
9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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