Enhancing resilience in the face of global change: mobilizing local and indigenous knowledge

An international conference organized by UNESCO

18-20 October 2017, UNESCO, Paris

Ahead of the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), the UNESCO Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems programme (LINKS) is inviting key partners and institutions to share their own successes and lessons learned in mobilizing local and indigenous knowledge for climate change. The conference seeks to facilitate transdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder knowledge platforms and climate change observing systems in key climate-vulnerable regions and create synergies with existing initiatives.

The outcomes of this meeting will feed into LINKS priority activities within the framework of the programme’s strategy on climate change and indigenous knowledge, and provide support to the UNFCCC platform discussions. The draft agenda is available here.

The LINKS programme is also simultaneously organizing an exhibition on ‘Local Knowledge, Global Goals’ supported by the Japanese Funds-In-Trust for UNESCO (JFIT) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). This exhibition aims to reflect indigenous and local knowledge systems, and their interactions with science and policy, today and in the future.

As the world changes increasingly rapidly, we explore the ways that indigenous and local knowledge contribute to understanding, mitigating and adapting to climate change, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss. Further details are available on the exhibition website.

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