Breakout session | Stage 2


Host: Global Alliance of Territorial Communities

Achieving the world we need and want depends on enhancing indigenous and local communities contributions to sustainable development in both regional and global levels.  One of the insights to be shared in this session is related to mechanisms that ensure strong and resilient communities, protecting the necessary conditions for those that inhabit these territories to continue their role as forest defenders, which has been proven by science as one of the best contributions to tackling climate change. Other insights include indigenous and local communities pilot experiences in providing food security to their regions. Improving progress on the SDGs is directly related to merging action and adaptation in order to achieve more ambitious results. Considering indigenous and local communities roles in that process could achieve robust and effective impact, accelerating action on food security, improved nutrition, good health and economic growth in their regions.



Tuntiak Katan
General Coordinator, Global Alliance of Territorial Communities
Tuntiak Katan is an indigenous leader who was born in the Tuutinentsa Shuar community, Morona Santiago Province, in the Amazonian region of Ecuador. Since 2000, he has worked on social, cultural and environmental projects among different cultures in the Amazon Basin. Currently, he is vice-coordinator of COICA and general coordinator of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities.
Levi Sucre
Coordinator, Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests
Levi Sucre is a Costa Rican indigenous leader who currently directs the process of technical management and organization of the Indigenous Network Bribri and Cabecar (RIBCA), a group of eight indigenous territories of Costa Rica. He is a farmer and specialist in indigenous organizations, cultures and the environment of Central America. He comes from the Bribri Talamanca indigenous community and has more than 20 years of experience in rural development and community organization, and 15 years of experience in design, implementation and evaluation of projects in indigenous territories and local communities.
Sonia Guajajara
Executive Coordinator, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil

Sonia is from the Guajajara /Tryhar people, who live in the forests of the Arariboia Indigenous Land in Brazil. She graduated in Letters and Nursing and postgraduate in Special Education. Her indigenous and environmental activism began during her youth in grassroots movements and went to the National Congress - where she acted against a series of law projects that tried to remove rights from traditional populations and threaten the environment. In 2018 she was a candidate for vice president of Brazil.

Rukka Sombolinggi
Secretary General, Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN)
Rukka Sombolinggi is a Toraya from Sulawesi, and Secretary General of the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), an organization of indigenous peoples in Indonesia which encompasses 1025 indigenous communities and more than 30 indigenous organizations as members. Before joining AMAN in 1999, Rukka worked for JAPHAMA (Jaringan Pembelaan Hak-hak Masyarakat Adat), a network of indigenous peoples’ defenders — one of the main groups that convened the first congress of indigenous peoples in Indonesia in March 1999 during which AMAN was established.
Iris Leck
Member, Katsatkö Women's Association
She is a young Cabécar indigenous leader and member of the Katsatkö Women's Association. Since 2019, she is a Solar Program Technician and Facilitator of the Women's Empowerment Component in the ADITICA-Love for Life solar panel project. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she leads the cultural axis of the attention plan with her association.
Dinamam Tuxá
Coordinator, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil

Dinamam belongs to the Tuxá People. He is a Coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples Articulation of Brazil (APIB) and Legal Advisor of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples and Organizations of the Northeast, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo (Apoinme). Indigenous social activist, lawyer, master in Sustainable Development and PhD student in Law from the University of Brasilia (UnB), he acts nationally and internationally in defense of the rights of indigenous people.

September 23, 13:45
13:45 — 14:30EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Climate, Environment, Health, Planet

| Host: Global Alliance of Territorial Communities |, Iris Leck (Katsatkö Women’s Association), Levi Sucre (Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests), Rukka Sombolinggi (Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago), Sonia Guajajara (Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil), Tuntiak Katan (Global Alliance of Territorial Communities)