Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Francisco Cali Tzay
Human Rights Council – 54th Session
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As Delivered by Taylor Westfall
Thank you, Madam Vice President.
And thank you, Special Rapporteur Tzay, for your reporting.
The United States agrees that States should protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples and promote the sharing of sustainable investment benefits as we pursue climate action and invest in a sustainable economy.
Within days of taking office, President Biden instructed federal agencies to deliver 40 percent of the benefits of federal government climate, clean energy, and other investments to disadvantaged communities. This involves investing in more than 470 initiatives across the United States, including the allocation of $20 billion to Tribal Nations to support energy development projects.
Internationally, we support benefit sharing mechanisms in efforts like the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.
The United States also recognizes the importance of incorporating Indigenous Knowledge to advance climate actions that reflect the entire population, including Indigenous women and girls in all their diversity. Their knowledge is indispensable to the design and implementation of sustainable and culturally responsive solutions.
Mr. Special Rapporteur, what are best practices for incorporating Indigenous Knowledge into climate actions?
I thank you.