ECOSOC Partnership Forum
SIDE EVENT ON Advancing a rights-based partnership for a just transition: The Right Energy Partnership (REP) initiative
February 2, 2022, 8:00-8:50 AM EST
Organized by: Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development (IPMG) and Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education (Tebtebba)
Since its establishment in 2018, the Right Energy Partnership with Indigenous Peoples (REP) continue to gain support, albeit the challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic. This initiative is promoting a human rights-based approach to renewable energy development and access to community-based renewable energy development for the empowerment of indigenous women and communities. This initiative is a collective response of indigenous peoples whose lands and resources are being used for renewable energy development without their participation in decision-making and millions of indigenous peoples in rural areas are hosting these projects but remain without access to energy.
A Just Transition to a low carbon economy will require governments and companies involved in the renewable energy development and new green economy to recognize and respect the rights enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) including the right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). This will thereby entail increased and sustained engagement with both states and the private sector for the recognition of indigenous peoples rights, protection of the environment, and for equitable benefit -sharing, as well as the establishment of effective grievance and redress mechanisms. A human rights-based approach that ensures the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples to renewable energy development including its supply chain is thereby imperative in achieving equitable just transition and climate justice.
About the event
The side event will highlight work done – achievements, challenges, and lessons learned – in the REP initiative as well as partnerships developed to support a just transition that respects the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Speakers will come from the representatives of Indigenous Peoples who are part of the REP, representatives from UN agencies (UNDP) and donors supporting this initiative.