A new UN platform will help indigenous people and local communities get involved in climate action.
The Platform for Indigenous and Local Community Climate Action will help these groups exchange their knowledge and experiences on how to reduce emissions, adapt to climate change and build resilience for the future.
The UN has given them a prominent role in the first open multi-stakeholder dialogue after recognising their unique position and role.
This will take place at the mid-year UN Climate Change Conference in May 2017, where an indigenous representative will co-moderate the discussion on how to turn climate discussions with these communities into operational differences.
The platform was initially created as part of the Paris Agreement.
Organisations can get involved by submitting applications to the UN Convention on Climate Change by the 31st of March 2017.