Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

Championing rights of indigenous peoples

A community leader from the Kankanaey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines, Tauli-Corpuz initially trained as a nurse in Manila in the 1970s. In June this year, she assumed responsibilities as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, citing biodiversity and climate change as key priorities. Previously, she was the chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2005-2010) and actively engaged in drafting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007, as Tauli argues in an interview for the Mary Robinson Foundation, indigenous peoples are amongst those most likely to suffer from impacts of climate change, and also some of the solutions to climate change too (displacement from land for dams, for example), and yet haven’t contributed to it, and may be custodians of solutions.