• This episode is from last September in Costa Rica. I was invited to a workshop on human rights and climate change that was organized and held in the weekend prior to the PreCOP. This episode contains a golden lessons I've learned in the past, which is to always check how you can be of value for the audience and adapt your presentation accordingly. Even if it means that you have to abandon your prepared presentation 5 minutes before you start. In essence a presentation means to be of service to those that are taking the time to listen to you, better make it worth their while. I believe this talk gives you entry-level information in a condensed form on what to aim for at COP25 - as it will start in a few hours - in terms of influencing NDCs and decision-making processes. Myself and the indigenous caucus will work hard the next two weeks, and do our best to be good ancestors. I appreciate your thoughts, let me know what you think on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook or Instagram. BTW, the organizers of the event also did a video registration of the side-event so, if you're a visual person, please go to my Youtube page.

  • Before I begin. The next 2 weeks I could sure use your help in raising awareness on indigenous rights in climate action. If you have any ideas or questions please drop me a line @gomaluku on Twitter, Tiktok, Instagram and Medium, or FB.com/gohorella. Back to the episode. This and the next set of episodes will probably be focused on Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples rights in climate action as the 25th session of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties - or COP25 - is about to start in Madrid. For context a brief throwback to COP24 in Katowice where we did an "action" at the entrance of the negotiations zone raising awareness for safeguards in Article 6. I could type out the the background of it but thought it would be much better to include it in the episode so you'll get a longer introduction than you are used to. The action is moderated by India Logan Riley (still waiting to get her on the podcast) and Michael Charles (listen to the previous episode) and a number of indigenous representatives from all over the world passed the mic and shared their thoughts. We start with Juan Carlos Jintiach my co-chair back then and you'll hear me at the very end of it. Listen to the amazing contributions of my indigenous relations.

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  • In this episode of the podcast we’re getting tactical on issues that are critical for the upcoming COP25. In a conversation with Michael Charles during the late hours of SB50, we dive into what successful negotiators should share for free, why relationships are critical and how the indigenous caucus can improve. Michael is Diné/Navajo, young and on the fast track on becoming a serious asset for Indigenous Peoples. For example: In Madrid he will be the head of an indigenous delegation for @SustainUS. You'll hear us care about rugby, rights, and reflection, in almost 2 hours of content, so I have a funny feeling you will find a huge amount of value in this episode, tweet me @gomaluku and @_michaelcharles if you do.

    [00:14:23] We play rugby!
    [00:29:07] Our mutual friend: India Logan Riley
    [00:33:53] Working so that people back home can have a hope and dream too.
    [00:41:03] The Indigenous Caucus should improve this!
    [00:55:43] What other people can learn from us in COPs
    [00:59:53] Find your niche in the climate arena and scratch it.
    [01:00:58] Michael focuses on corporate accountability.
    [01:11:43] What's your lens: A zoom lens or a wide angle?
    [01:17:23] Tried and true tips in negotiations
    [01:30:13] How Michael prepares as a delegation leader.
    [01:35:48] The youth carried the caucus in Katowice
    [01:41:44] How to take care of yourself at COPs

  • I think this will be one of the final podcasts regarding the process leading up to the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform under the UNFCCC. That Saturday in December 3 years of hard work finally came to an end. Well, phase 1 came to an end. I thought back to that day over a 100 times, every time I think back I end up saying "I love this work so much". Katowice was a disappointment for a lot of people, media covered everything except the adoption of the Platform. So, I decided to upload the full audio recording of that segment - boy did it gave me goosebumps again.

    In a few weeks COP25 will be held in Madrid where we hopefully reach another milestone: Adoption of the LCIP Facilitative Working Group's Workplan and a Paris Rulebook with human rights safeguards. It will be a very intense two weeks for us, intense as COP24 but in a different way. Tweet or DM me @gomaluku your thoughts for COP25 or climate change.

    [00:02:11] Ghazali Ohorella: "Today is a historical day for Indigenous Peoples"
    [00:13:45] Elder Francois Paulette: "Indigenous Peoples are here to help you"
    [00:16:09] Te Ara Whatu: Waiata “He Kakano Ahau”
    [00:18:50] Remarks by Norway
    [00:20:18] Remarks by Ecuador
    [00:22:19] Remarks by China
    [00:27:02] Remarks by Mexico
    [00:29:06] Remarks by Bolivia
    [00:32:42] Budget implications of LCIP
    [00:39:10] Remarks by Canada
    [00:41:07] Remarks by Australia
    [00:42:32] Remarks by New Zealand
    [00:44:15] Remarks by European Union
    [00:46:33] Remarks by United States
    [00:47:04] Remarks by Costa Rica

  • This is a conversation with Johnson Cerda. I met Johnson in 2015 at COP21 in Paris became good friends and worked with him on climate issues ever since. He’s considered by many as the indigenous legal expert for Latin America when it comes to climate negotiations, he is very observant, critical and self aware.

    Johnson has many interesting hats on, one fo which i being the host of "Good Morning Johnson" on https://www.facebook.com/limoncocha where he interviews indigenous reps in environment related meetings, his videos are both informative, entertaining, short and sweet.
    For Spanish content check out his blog http://johnsonamazonia.blogspot.com/.

    He documents a lot of his work, so definitely a person you want to follow. I hope you enjoy the podcast and connect with @jcerdalimon on Twitter.

    [00:07:09] My community is why I’m engaged in this process
    [00:14:17] “Who do you represent?” Johnson dealing with frustrating people.
    [00:24:01] Mentoring indigenous representatives is what we need to do.
    [00:30:22] Johnson has a popular FB show, his brother still doesn’t know what he does.
    [00:39:42] Balancing his work for the community, Conservation International, and the family.
    [00:45:31] Johnson’s legacy: His son Joel Cerda
    [00:48:18] The biggest lesson Johnson learned in international processes
    [00:52:40] “Don’t cry if I die, because I have achieved what I wanted to achieve”
    [00:56:20] Coming into this arena as a victim is a mistake

  • What up podcast listeners, this is another one from the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Tuomas Aslak Juuso, Binota Moy Dhamai and I kicked off the Facebook Live Q&A with a debrief on the Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples resolution that was on the table last September, and throughout the session we answered questions that you sent in through FB.com/gohorella and @gomaluku on Twitter and Instagram. Keep sending questions so me and my indigenous relations can answer them.

    [00:03:45] Human Rights Council Resolution on Indigenous Peoples
    [00:05:15] What is the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and how does it help us?
    [00:11:48] Are the Saami the only Indigenous Peoples in Europe?
    [00:13:15] What modern country has the best relationship with Indigenous Peoples?
    [00:18:49] How you can better understand the UN Human Rights mechanisms
    [00:20:34] How to influence the negotiations on UN resolutions
    [00:28:01] Levelling the diplomatic playing field: The enhanced participation of Indigenous Peoples
    [00:35:10] Treaties are important for the protection of our Rights
    [00:38:30] 20 to 30 States participate in UN meetings on Indigenous Peoples.
    [00:45:45] Its unthinkable now to not have Indigenous Peoples at the UN
    [00:46:11] Why isn’t sovereignty in the UN Declaration?
    [00:46:44] How can you help Indigenous Peoples?

  • I've heard Aka Niviâna speak during the three day Global Landscapes Forum last May in Bonn, only met her at the final day and took my shot at asking her for the podcast. I didn't want this episode to start with a "OK, please share your poems" but was more interested in her personal story and her process. It's an inspiring conversation with a young woman that has so many talents with an almost equal amount of challenges that she had to face, did face head on, and boy did she overcome them. Give her a shout out on twitter @arcticasfck or drop a message on fb.com/talesofthearctic/ definitely keep an eye on her she's a force to be reckoned with.


    [00:05:14] Here's a microphone, get on stage!
    [00:11:06] A poets writing process
    [00:22:10] Writing a speech that's close to you
    [00:26:13] Aka's advice: "I want to feel the person"
    [00:30:49] Can we navigate the UN with stories?
    [00:39:34] Women can't do it? Watch me!
    [00:43:38] Dealing with racism and sexim in Denmark
    [00:50:05] How Denmark is treating the Inuit

  • I’ve thought long and hard about whether or not to publish this. Everything that I’ve shared, and am about to share is part of my quest to document my personal process and the indigenous process - in the case of the next podcast the indigenous process under the UNFCCC.

    So I decided to share this particular podcast because its part of the process, and hit me emotionally.

    You’ve heard the previous podcast where I explained Indigenous Peoples right to participate in decision making, which was during the multi stakeholder dialogue, the 1st activity of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform.

    After that dialogue we went into negotiations, what we call informal-informals, and that’s where all of the sudden proposals were included in the negotiating text that would undermine the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, our minimum standard.

    The platform negotiations were already delayed and we feared that not only we wouldn’t have a platform, but that the proposals would also set a dangerous precedent for the rights of indigenous peoples across the UN and beyond.

    So I was asked to say something on behalf of Indigenous Peoples.

  • This presentation was recorded at the UNFCCC in Bonn at the first activity of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform I was asked to explain at a dialogue how the "rights based approach" applies for Indigenous Peoples in the exchange of traditional knowledge and influencing climate action and policies.

    Its a clip from May 2018, but is very current as it contains provisions of international law that establish Indigenous Peoples' right to participate in decision making.

    Its a good resource for when you start engaging in policies as an indigenous representative, or when you form policies as an organization that affect Indigenous Peoples.

  • On September 13th I had a great conversation with Binota Moy Dhamai and Tuomas Aslak Juuso on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 12 years ago that day the Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly, so we decided to pause or work in Geneva sit down and share some thoughts about the progress made at the international level. Hope you find value in this episode and let me know what you think @gomaluku


    [00:04:55] Bringing the UNDRIP to life
    [00:09:15] Self-determination and political movements versus projects
    [00:22:08] We have the responsibility to educate others about the Declaration
    [00:28:05] National action plans need national State-IP dialogues
    [00:35:40] We didn’t get the UN high level official we wanted
    [00:38:59] How to encounter different interpretations of the UNDRIP
    [00:42:50] The state and direction of the indigenous movement
    [00:47:35] We need to distribute the leadership
    [00:52:54] Be careful about SDGs and traditional knowledge
    [00:57:48] We are lacking in transparency and information sharing
    [01:00:37] How the SDGs are hindering Indigenous Peoples
    [01:11:51] The Alta Outcome Document & SWAP
    [01:18:20] Inter-Agency Support Group is too isolated
    [01:24:45] We are mastering the UN, how do we enhance our participation?
    [01:37:40] We need to stop toxicity in the movement
    [01:42:01] Final thoughts and things we are looking forward to

  • April 2019 I did this interview on Radio Kingston with Sachem Hawk Storm, and it was so much fun! We went deep into the forced relocation of Maluku natives to Holland, what it takes to fight for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and some other interesting topics, like climate change, relationships, leadership, and our journeys. Please listen, and tweet or DM me what you thought @gomaluku!


    [00:08:30] - I’m not a lawyer so you don’t have to be
    [00:10:48] - How the Dutch government screwed us
    [00:16:44] - Finding out I’m on a blacklist
    [00:18:10] - We are all leaders
    [00:19:24] - Climate change is not near, its here
    [00:23:55] - We need to create a relationship
    [00:29:00] - Bring back the balance
    [00:31:00] - A tree and a BMW
    [00:35:43] - Love being a human being
    [00:43:36] - We all have the responsibility
    [00:46:46] - Numbers are the religion of the world

  • Last May in Bonn I sat down for a chat and drinks with Tomohiro Harada, a researcher who quickly became a trusted companion of Indigenous Peoples during the Bonn and Katowice climate change conferences in 2018. We talked about the growing pains of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform I think there's a lot of value in this for you. Tweet your thoughts @gomaluku!

    [00:08:55] - Being of value to the indigenous caucus
    [00:18:14] - Challenges of being the lead negotiator
    [00:28:30] - Overcoming the impasse through context
    [00:44:10] - Stories of past and potential
    [00:58:46] - Connecting with the islands and desires
    [01:15:05] - The potential of the Platform
    [01:20:45] - How “Tomo” grew and became our friend
    [01:45:20] - The struggles of a researcher
    [02:02:50] - What’s next for me after the Platform
    [02:09:25] - How we push the boundaries
    [02:16:01] - The Platform was a team effort

  • Super excited to launch my podcast today, a buffet of knowledge for me and others to enjoy. A couple weeks ago I flew once again to Geneva for the UN Human Rights Council, while the plane was delayed twice I started to reflect on the past, and thought about the road ahead. I went deep on this brain dump. So, I’m kicking off the podcast with a love story called The Airplane Project.


    [00:29:00] - Vision and Passion
    [00:35:35] - Failures and Self Awareness
    [00:43:50] - Do The Work
    [01:08:50] - Build Your Relationships
    [01:26:30] - Judgement and Negativity
    [01:32:25] - Why I Started