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IPIECA participates in Indigenous Peoples Session at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

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IPIECA shared its good practice in engaging with Indigenous Peoples at a dedicated session at the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights. Arantza Hernanz, Deputy Director of Corporate Responsibility, Repsol spoke about the work the company is undertaking on implementing a grievance mechanism that includes managing relationships with Indigenous Peoples amongst others. She also highlighted that in this work it is vital that a grievance mechanism is adapted to the local environment and can only achieve their purpose if local people are able to understand and access to it.

Further contributions from IPIECA delegates at the Forum highlighted the other good practice undertaken in this area, including the Indigenous Peoples Issues Review and work undertaken on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to understand the practical implementation on the ground and how to best work in order to ensure that the state duty and business responsibility are best fulfilled. Delegates highlighted that this work includes engaging with Indigenous Peoples organisations to talk about the best way forward for a collaborative solution.

Other panelists included James Anaya, the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous rights and Ivan Chernyakhovskiy from Sakhalin Energy, who shared the company’s experience working on Indigenous Peoples Development Plans.