Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

UNGA General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Peace, Equality [viewed]

unga7028 September 2015: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its General Debate, which is convening under the theme ‘The UN at 70: A new commitment to action.' Speakers welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with many praising the focus on poverty eradication and inequality. Many speakers also addressed UN reform and peace and security, including discussion of Syria and the refugee crisis.

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Central African Indigenous Networks Discuss Land Security, Conservation and Climate Priorities [viewed]

CBFPSeptember 2015: A sub-regional symposium organized by the Network of Indigenous and Local Communities for the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (REPALEAC) highlighted indigenous communities' perspectives on the governance of protected areas and ongoing land reform processes in the region, and agreed on key messages to Central African Heads of State and the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Pope Francis Addresses UNGA, Urging Action on Environment, Poverty [viewed]

pope_posr2015summit25 September 2015: “Any harm done to the environment…is harm done to humanity,” declared Pope Francis in an address to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), ahead of the UN Sustainable Development Summit. He urged global action to protect the environment and end the suffering of the excluded, calling the expected adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “an important sign of hope.”

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Equator Prize Announces 2015 Winners [viewed]

equatorinitiative21 September 2015: The 21 winning initiatives of the 2015 Equator Prize include a indigenous group in Brazil that inspired the film 'Avatar'; a conservation group in Indonesia that is saving sea turtles; a movement for pygmy rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a community-based organization in the poorest region of Afghanistan that is restoring areas affected by conflict and creating new jobs. The prize is the "flagship programme" of the Equator Initiative, a partnership that brings together the UN, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance sustainable development solutions.

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C20 Calls for World Economy that Works for All [viewed]

g20-turkey16 September 2015: The Civil 20 (C20), a civil society platform of the Group of 20 (G20), issued a communiqué calling for world leaders to champion inclusive growth that respects human life, rights and dignity, and planetary boundaries. The Communiqué was issued by the third annual C20 Summit, which brought together hundreds of civil society delegates to finalize C20's recommendations to the G20 Leaders Summit 2015, taking place in Antalya, Turkey, on 15-16 November 2015.

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UNGA 70 Opening Highlights Agenda 2030, Climate Agreement [viewed]

unga7016 September 2015: The 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened with expressions of optimism for a historic year in which the UN is expected to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a universal agreement on climate change. Speakers also recognized the turmoil of peace and security, and migration challenges. UNGA 70 opened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 15 September 2015.

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PFII Chair Stresses Indigenous Rights in Climate, 2030 Agenda [viewed]

Unpfii213 September 2015: Marking eight years since the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted, Megan Davis, Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII), called on UN Member States to ensure that indigenous peoples' rights are considered when implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and taking action on climate change.

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Event: Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change [viewed]

The conference on Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change will take place in Paris, France, ahead of the UN Paris Climate Change Conference, from 26-27 November. The conference is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the French National Museum of Natural History, Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education), and the French Presidency of the Paris UN Climate Change Conference. The programme comprises a pre-conference public lecture at Musée de l'Homme, on 25 November, and two conference days, 26-27 November. The conference will bring together indigenous and local community representatives, scientists working with indigenous peoples and local communities, and governments to share case studies, research findings and policies and programmes relating to climate change.  

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WFC XIV Concludes Setting out a 2050 Vision for Forests [viewed]

Panelists-for-the-Innovation-and-Investment Forum11 September 2015: Held from 7-11 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, the fourteenth World Forestry Congress (XIV WFC) concluded with a declaration setting out a vision for 2050 that sees forests playing a decisive role for food security, improved livelihoods and in the fight against climate change. The meeting also issued messages to the UN Sustainable Development Summit and the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Pacific Leaders Adopt Declaration on Climate Change Action [viewed]

PIF11 September 2015: Leaders at the 46th Pacific Island Forum have issued a Declaration on Climate Change Action, laying out 13 points that Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) call for as part of the outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The Declaration also underscores the growing threat posed by climate change to PICTs, and the difficulty the region faces in adapting.

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