Formerly known as Tebtebba Convention on Bidovidersity Desk, the program took the task of advocating for policies relevant to indigenous peoples, gained momentum through time and became a full-fledge program in 2004 engaging in the UN-CBD processes. Previous work included strategizing for effective intervention to input on priority issues and concerns of indigenous peoples’ (IP). Together with other IP groups, relevant provisions like promoting indigenous peoples' rights; traditional knowledge (TK), free prior and informed consent (FPIC), customary sustainable resource use, access and benefit sharing and others were successfully negotiated in the UN CBD.
Within the overall framework of Tebtebba, which is the holistic integrated approach for indigenous peoples sustainable, self determined development (IHA-IPSSDD), the Indigenous Peoples and Biodiversity Program (IPBP) will continue to advocate for the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity and ecosystems services. It will concretize the operationalization of IHA-IPSSDD with partner communities in the grassroots level.
Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education) is an indigenous peoples' institution born out of the need for heightened advocacy to have the inherent human rights of indigenous peoples respected, protected and fulfilled.
Established in 1996, Tebtebba seeks to raise awareness of governments and the dominant society of indigenous peoples' situations, worldviews, rights, and perspectives on development, well-being and sustainability. In this effort, it strives to enhance indigenous peoples' capacities to take the lead in awareness-raising, policy advocacy, education and training, research and communication, on all issues affecting them. It was actively engaged in the process of drafting and negotiating the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and getting this finally adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007.
Tebtebba and its partners are expounding and operationalizing the Indigenous Peoples' Sustainable, Self-Determined Development (IPSSDD) framework and strategy.
Tebtebba, a word used used by the indigenous Kankana-ey Igorots of northern Philippines, refers to a process of collectively discussing issues and present diverse views with the aim of reaching agreements, common positions, and concerted actions.
Tebtebba has special Consultative Status with the Economi and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and is legally registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Republic of the Philippines under SEC. Registration No. B199600209
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