Tebtebba is an indigenous peoples’ organization that was born out of the need for heightened advocacy to have the rights of indigenous peoples respected, protected and fulfilled worldwide. Established in 1996, the organisation seeks to promote and disseminate indigenous peoples’ worldviews and perspectives on such issues as individual and collective human rights, sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity, traditional knowledge, customary laws and governance, conflict transformation and gender.
Based in The Philippines, Tebtebba brings together representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations, networks and communities from around the world to elaborate and deepen their views and positions and plan out joint education and awareness-raising campaigns, and to further reinforce their capacities to take the lead in policy advocacy and campaigns on issues affecting them.
Tebtebba actively engaged in the processes which led to the adoption of international human rights law and other international instruments, policies and agreements, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the establishment of spaces within the United Nations, such as the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Tebtebba’s priority programme areas are:
- Enhancing Capacities for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation;
- Effective National Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
- Promotion and Implementation of International Human Rights Law and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) at National, Regional and Global Levels
- Philippine National Program for Indigenous Peoples’ Empowerment and Sustainable Development
- Indigenous Peoples’ Sustainable and Self-Determined Development (IPSSDD)
“Tebtebba”, a word used by the indigenous Kankana-ey Igorot of Northern Philippines, refers to a process of collectively discussing issues and presenting diverse views with the aim of reaching agreements, common positions, and concerted actions.