Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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Event: Law, Governance and Climate Change: An International Law and Policy Workshop [viewed]

In parallel to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) is organizing a workshop to consider how international law and governance can better respond to climate change, what universal human rights can contribute to legal responses to climate change, how climate laws could promote respect for human rights, and how innovative legal instruments can deliver more sustainable landscapes and energy. Sessions will be organized around themes such as: international human rights; economic and environmental law; sustainable development; and designing new collaborative research agendas on law, governance and climate change. During the workshop, a new legal working papers series on public participation and climate change and a series of legal briefs on sustainable development of biofuels and renewable energy will be launched. Co-organizers of the event include: Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) at the University of Cambridge; the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP) of the University of Nairobi; the Centre for Climate Resilience Research (CR2) of the University of Chile; Centre for Climate Justice and Chittagong University of Bangladesh; Fundacion Ecos and St Clare's College of Uruguay; Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental of Peru (SPDA); Universidad Catolica of Peru; the Organization of American States (OAS); the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); and Climate Change and the Law Community of Practice of the World Bank's Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development.  

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Sixth IUCN World Parks Congress Opens [viewed]

logo_wpc201412 November 2014: The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) opened on 12 November, in Sydney, Australia, with a ceremony that transitioned the role of Congress host from South Africa to Australia. The eight-day event is expected to attract 5,000 participants from more than 160 countries, and culminate in the ‘Promise of Sydney Vision,' a document highlighting the importance of protected areas (PAs), listing promises made during the WPC, and proposing steps for its fulfillment.

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Event: Climate Justice: Addressing the Global Challenge and Scotland's Contribution [viewed]

This international roundtable conference, organized by CIFAL Scotland, a UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-affiliated training center for Northern Europe, will provide a space for discussing the challenges of climate change, climate justice as a human right, and Scotland's contribution to climate justice. In 2012, the Scottish government launched the 'Climate Justice Fund,' the value of which was doubled to £6 million in 2013. The Fund currently supports projects in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia in the areas of water and food security, and action against climate change impacts, such as floods, droughts and severe weather. The one-day conference will include opening remarks by UNITAR representatives, a keynote speech by Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs and International Development of the Scottish Government, and a panel discussion.  

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UN Right to Food Rapporteur Outlines Priorities on Climate Change, Food Waste and SDGs [viewed]

United NationsOctober 2014: A human-rights based approach to food security is necessary to provide access to affordable, nutritious food for all and to eliminate hunger, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, said in her first report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The report describes renewed political commitment as essential to advance the right to adequate food.

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RRI Dialogue Focuses on Climate Change Risks, Opportunities [viewed]

RRI-logo30 October 2014: The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) hosted its 16th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, in partnership with Instituto Bien del Común (IBC). The event was organized under the theme ‘Investments, Communities and Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities.'

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Berlin Meeting Launches Process for GEO-6 [viewed]

geo623 October 2014: Held from 21-23 October 2014, in Berlin, Germany, the Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Meeting for the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report endorsed the guiding framework for the report and took what it describes as the necessary preparatory steps for a scientifically robust process.

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UN-REDD and FCPF Welcome Civil Society Observers [viewed]

unredd-forestcarbon28 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have announced the outcomes of the self-selection process for Civil Society Observers.

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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World Resources Forum Discusses Economic and Environmental Linkages [viewed]

World Resources Forum22 October 2014: The 2014 World Resources Forum (WRF) brought together over 1,000 participants from 40 countries and international organizations to share knowledge and ideas on how to increase resource productivity, promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and mitigate climate change, while still maintaining and improving the quality of life for people everywhere.

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