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2009 Global Summit on Climate Change

Report of the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change, 20 – 24 April 2009, Anchorage, Alaska

The Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change was held in Anchorage, Alaska, from 20 – 24 April 2009. The Summit enabled indigenous peoples from all regions of the globe to exchange their knowledge and experience in adapting to the impacts of climate change, and to develop key messages and recommendations to assist Indigenous Peoples in their global negotiations on climate change.

Over 400 indigenous people from 80 countries attended the summit, the first such meeting on climate change focused entirely on Indigenous Peoples. Each of the regions provided a report on the impacts of climate change on indigenous peoples in their region, successful adaptation strategies being employed, and recommendations for future action. Briefings were provided on international processes by various UN bodies, and panel discussions were held with non-governmental organizations, donors and the private sector.

Thematic break-out sessions were organized to address four key areas:

  • Health, Wellbeing and Food Security;
  • Ways of Knowing: Traditional Knowledge, Contemporary Knowledge and Decision-Making;
  • Environmental Stewardship: Natural Resources Ownership and Management; and
  • Energy Generation and Use in Traditional Territories of Indigenous Peoples.

At the conclusion of the Summit, participants adopted the Anchorage Declaration.

Hundreds of stories and evidence of both the impacts of climate change and mitigation strategies on Indigenous Peoples, as well as the success of various adaptation strategies built on traditional knowledge, were shared over the course of the meeting. Each story, each piece of evidence, was an important element of the discussion. This comprehensive meeting report documents the various thematic sessions, regional reports, presentations, and discussions over the course of the summit.


Download the meeting report [pdf]...

For further information, including background documents, see our Events Page.


Galloway McLean, K; Ramos-Castillo, A; Gross, T; Johnston, S; Vierros, M; Noa, R (2009).
Report of the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change: 20-24 April 2009,
Anchorage, Alaska
. United Nations University – Traditional Knowledge Initiative, Darwin, Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9807084-2-4 (print); 978-0-9807084-3-1 (pdf)

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