New York
Climate Week

Our Goals

During New York Climate Week 2023, we, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, are at the forefront of the environmental preservation movement. 

Our mission is clear: we aim to prioritize our voices in climate discussions. We advocate for policies that honor our traditional knowledge, protect our rights, address violence on our lands, and increase funding for our communities.

We are coming together with leaders from our territories to take our messages and proposals to all discussions concerning our territories.

Shandia is the name of our common  platform that we created to facilitate direct funding to the territories of our peoples and communities for actions that combat climate change, conserve biodiversity and sustain our rights and self-determined development. Throughout the week we will lead on advocacy efforts to challenge the existing climate financing systems and ensure resources reach the peoples protecting biodiversity in the richest territories. 

We aim to amplify our voices globally by emphasizing our deep connection to the land, rich traditional knowledge, and sustainable practices. Our delegation connects high-level talks with on-the-ground realities, representing rainforest regions worldwide. We seek allies among institutions in the field and engaged citizens to ensure our perspectives are respected in discussions about our territories. 

Our goal is to raise global awareness about criminalization and violence affecting our communities and territories, highlighting its impact on our guardianship role and the protection of key biodiversity. We want to address the responsibility states and corporations have in perpetuating violence and environmental destruction. Leveraging partnerships with research institutes and human rights organizations we reveal hidden links between corporate interests and our violent experiences. 

photo: Rachel Elkind


Our program represents the voices and aspirations of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, advocating for our rights and the preservation of our ancestral territories.

March to End Fossil Fuels 

12:30 pm
52nd Street & Broadway

Join our delegation as we participate in the march and rally calling for a world free of Fossil Fuels that harm our ancestral lands.

We Can, We Will, We Are Driving Climate Action

9:00 am
Climate Group hosted panel with Rukka Sombolinggi, Secretary General of the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN).

Financing the Green Economy: Financing Climate Justice, Taking Stock for a Sustainable Future

11:55 am
Climate Group hosted panel with Levi Sucre, General Coordinator of the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB).

Farming for the Future: Sustainable Agriculture and an End to Deforestation

11:55 am
Climate Group hosted panel with Sara Omi, representative of the Global Alliance’s Women’s Movement.

Rights, Participation & Benefits for Indigenous Peoples

9:00 am
Private participation at the Rights, Participation and Benefits for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Forest Climate Finance discussion by the Forest and Climate Leaders Partnership (FLCP).

From Vision to Action: Shaping Direct Financing for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

3:00 pm
Ford Foundation
GATC hosted event to speak on the Shandia Platform’s plans and achievements in the realm of direct financing.

Costa Rican Permanent Mission to the United Nations

6:30 pm
High Level event for Nature and People: From Ambition to Action.

United Nations General Assembly Food Day

8:30 am
Rockefeller Foundation
Participation in the United Nations General Assembly Food Day 

Path to Scale

9:00 am
Ford Foundation
Path to Scale meeting, convened by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI).

Forests, Nature & Climate

6:00 pm
High Level Reception on Forests, Nature & Climate convened by the Forest & Climate Leaders Partnership (FCLP).

Advancing Rights-based Approaches to Area Conservation

‌8:30 am
‌Ford Foundation
Event co-hosted by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the Global Alliance.

In Search of Ambitious Collaboration

6:30 pm
Evening reception hosted by the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities to convene allies of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in search of ambitious collaboration.

H.E. Razan Al Mubarak

1:00 pm
Meeting with H.E. Razan Al Mubarak – UN Climate Change High-Level Champion.

The Shed

5:00 pm
Our Village, a space for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities to share their stories and demands.

The Shed

10:00 am
Our Village, a space for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities to share their stories and demands.

For day to day updates during New York Climate Week make sure to follow our social media channels.

photo: Rachel Elkind

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Los defensores de las selvas

El País

Debemos recordarle a los Estados los compromisos que han firmado por el bienestar y por el cuidado de este planeta


Why Native Women’s Voices Are Crucial to Saving Brazil’s Forests

Yale Environment 360

Why are nature protection funds not reaching indigenous peoples?

Thomson Reuters

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Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara

Rukka Sombolinggi

Rukka Sombolinggi is the first female Secretary General of the Indigenus People’s Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), the world’s largest Indigenous Peoples organization. Hailing from Sulawesi, known for its unique culture, she’s a passionate advocate for indigenous rights. Her pivotal role in a 1993 meeting in Indonesia is well-recognized. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hasanuddin University and a master’s in Political Science from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Mina Setra

Mina Susana Setra, an indigenous leader (Dayak Pompakng) from West Kalimantan, Indonesia, currently serves as the Deputy to Secretary General of Indigenus People’s Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) on Social Culture Affairs, the world’s largest indigenous organization. Over 18 years, she has been actively involved in indigenous issues at local, national, and international levels.

Monica Kristiani Ndoen

Monica Ndoen, an indigenous leader from Rote, Indonesia, is the special envoy to AMAN’s Secretary-General. She’s dedicated 8 years to advocating for Indigenous Peoples’ rights in Indonesia, collaborating with government teams, including NHRI and Ministry of Environment and Forestry. She’s also an indigenous fellow with UN OHCHR, completing her legal studies in 2013.

Kynan Tegar

Kynan Tegar, an 18-year-old Dayak Iban from Sungai Utik, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, is a photographer and filmmaker. He captures the wisdom of his village’s elders, their resistance against deforestation, and their daily lives through emotive imagery and short films. His work emphasizes traditional knowledge and the importance of harmony with nature.


Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos Y Bosques

Levi Sucre

Levi Sucre Romero, an indigenous Bribri Costa Rican, serves as the Coordinator of the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB), representing communities from Panama to Mexico. Since 2022, he has been Co-Chair of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities. Levi also manages the Bribri-Cabécar Indigenous Network (RIBCA) and has over 20 years of experience in rural development, community organization, and indigenous cultures in Central America.

Giuseppe Olo Villalaz

Giuseppe Olo Villalaz, hailing from the Usdub community in Comarca Gunayala, Panama, possesses a degree in Business Administration and over 10 years of experience in Indigenous Peoples’ rights and Climate Change issues. He serves as a substitute representative on the Boards of Directors for AMPB and the Mesoamerican Territorial Fund, and he’s the founder of the platform TV Indígena, dedicated to showcasing Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala.

Marco Aurelio Chávez Coyoy

Marco Aurelio Chávez Coyoy, a Maya K’iche’ community member in Guatemala, presently coordinates the legal department at Utz Che’, the Community Forestry Association of Guatemala. With over a decade of experience, he supports local communities and indigenous peoples in securing their rights, particularly in accessing forestry incentives. Additionally, he created the Transparency and Access to Public Environmental Information (TAIPA) methodology for social audits on environmental, forestry, and agricultural matters.

Sara Omi

Sara Omi, an Emberá Lawyer and Indigenous Rights advocate in Panama, founded AMARIE-Emberá to empower Emberá women through traditional knowledge preservation. She serves as President of the Territorial Women Leaders in the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB) and represents women in the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities. Sara is a two-time Forbes “100 most powerful women in Central America” honoree and Panama’s Empowerment Plan Coordinator for Indigenous Women.

Elvis Greham

Elvis Antonio Greham, a Miskitu indigenous leader from Honduras, presides over MASTA, the highest Miskitu organization, uniting 12 legally recognized territorial councils. With 23 years as a primary education teacher, he’s been an indigenous leader for 8 years, including a term as Vice President of the Auhya yari territorial council and currently leads MASTA.

Sergio Guzmán

Guatemala, Sergio Guzmán, originally from Petén, has a Master’s degree in forest management in tropics and subtropics, as well as a diploma degree in Techniques and Strategies for the Conservation of Nature. With more than 16 years of experience working with forest communities in the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR), in which he specializes in community forest management, climate change mitigation, forest audits and management and monitoring of forestry projects. In addition, he has experience in forest carbon audits (validation/verification). Holds 15 years of experience in the Petén region, is an elected member of the World Bank’s FCPF Participants Committee and is currently the Manager of the Guatecarbon REDD+ Project.


Articulação Dos Povos Indígenas Do Brasil

Dinamam Tuxa

Dinamam Tuxá, a member of the Tuxá indigenous peoples spanning Bahia, Pernambuco, and Minas Gerais, is the coordinator of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and serves as a lawyer for the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples and Organizations of the Northeast, Minas Gerais, and Espírito Santo (Apoinme). He holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development and a PhD in Law, both earned from the University of Brasilia.

Kleber Karipuna

Kleber Karipuna, an indigenous Karipuna from Santa Isabel village in Uaçá, Amapá, serves as a grassroots leader in COIAB and as Executive Coordinator in the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). With a degree in Environmental Management and Project Management, he’s been a prominent figure in the indigenous movement for over two decades, advocating for indigenous rights.

João Pankararu

João Víctor Gomes de Oliveira, a 25-year-old indigenous Pankararu leader, serves as the Youth Representative for the Global Alliance of Traditional Communities through the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). A dedicated activist since age 16, he advocates for his people’s territorial rights at regional and national levels. João is a pharmacy graduate, researching ethnopharmacology, and a cultural producer, focusing on audiovisual and book production.

Cristiane Pankararu

Cristiane Julião, from the Pankararu peoples of Brazil, holds a Geography degree from CESVASF/PE and is pursuing a Master’s and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the National Museum/UFRJ. Her research focuses on Indigenous Legal Anthropology at national and international levels. She is associated with the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and co-founded the National Articulation of Indigenous Women Ancestrality Warriors (ANMIGA). Cristiane represents CNPI in CGen and the Chamber of Guardians.


The Network of Indigenous and Local Populations for the Sustainable Management of Central African Forest Ecosystems

Aissatou Oumarou

Aissatou Oumarou, Deputy Coordinator of REPALEAC in Central Africa, and a two-decade Deputy Coordinator at AFPAT in Chad. She specializes in projects for indigenous and local communities, focusing on climate change resilience and participatory 3D mapping of IPLC territories.

Balkisou Buba

Balkisou Buba, a Cameroonian social worker hailing from the Mbororo Fulani Pastoralist community, champions indigenous rights as Founder and President of IPSD-Cameroon, Vice National Coordinator of REPALEAC Cameroon, and former Assistant Observer for French Africa at the World Bank. A 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, she’s an advocate for empowering women, youth, and indigenous minorities.

Basiru Isa

Basiru Isa, Regional Secretary General of REPALEAC in Central Africa, holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Yaoundé. With over 12 years of experience, he specializes in human rights, livelihoods, and pastoral/farming activities. Basiru has supported indigenous communities, including working with MBOSCUDA on conflict resolution, and collaborating with local organizations across multiple countries in the region.


Global Alliance of Territorial Communities

Juan Carlos Jintiach

Juan Carlos Jintiach, an Ecuadorian Shuar leader, is the Executive Secretary of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities. His background includes roles as UNFCCC Indigenous Caucus Co-Chair and COICA advisor. With decades of experience in indigenous rights and territorial management, he’s a strong advocate for community and environmental protection.