but 'massive' barriers to entry exist - Māori lawyer
The UN Climate Change Conference is one of the most important meetings for indigenous communities, Māori activists say.
"For us as Māori it's essential that we have all the legal principles established, putting indigenous leadership at the forefront," says climate change lawyer Alison Cole.
The former UN war crimes lawyer is representing the Iwi Chairs Forum at COP26, drawing on all her experience to make their voices heard at the summit.
"There's massive barriers to entry to being here, that's really unacceptable. To be able to even read these legal texts that are shaping the entire future of our planet," Cole says.