Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

ESCAP Publishes Asia-Pacific Statistical Yearbook [viewed]

6 November 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published its “Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2012.”  The Yearbook features country profiles with selected statistical indicators, tables and charts for the 58 regional and associate members of ESCAP. It highlights Asia-Pacific gains in economic growth, poverty reduction and child survival while also noting wide development gaps, particularly in gender equality and health care.

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CIF 2012 Partnership Forum Focuses on Implementation, Knowledge Building and Lesson Sharing [viewed]

7 November 2012: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2012 Partnership Forum convened on 6-7 November 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey, and was co-hosted by the CIF and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). As all CIF programmes are now moving into implementation at the country level, the 2012 Partnership Forum aimed to emphasize on-the-ground implementation, knowledge building and lesson sharing.

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GCARD Conference Focuses on Engaging Smallholder Farmers [viewed]

1 November 2012: During the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (CGARD) a broad range of stakeholders discussed the importance of open access to agricultural research, best practices on engaging smallholder farmers and implementation of the GCARD six-point Road Map.

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FAO Report Describes Role of Women in Conserving Livestock Diversity [viewed]

FAO5 November 2012: A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) finds that two-thirds of the poor individuals raising livestock are women, and that they play an important role in maintaining indigenous breeds. 

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UNDP-UNEP PEI Newsletter Reports on Fourth Donor Steering Group Meeting [viewed]

October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published the October issue of its quarterly newsletter.  The newsletter includes sections describing global and regional programme activities.

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IDB Provides Climate Change Grant to Indigenous and Afro-Honduran Communities [viewed]

IDB12 October 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$4.4 million grant to help Honduran communities of indigenous people and those of African descent respond to climate change and reduce their vulnerability to extreme weather events.

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Bergen Symposium Focuses on Interplay Among Climate Change, Development and Human Rights [viewed]

18 October 2012: The Bergen Symposium has concluded with the adoption of the Bergen Message, which urges that the interaction between climate change, sustainable development and human rights should be studied more closely, and calls for the actual impact on the life and rights of people to be brought to the forefront.

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Report on Human Rights of Migrants Discusses Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

21 October 2012: The Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants presented his first report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The report's thematic section on climate change and migration analyzes technical considerations, discusses international law and political engagement, and makes recommendations.

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UN Rapporteur Addresses Agrofuel Impacts on the Right to Food [viewed]

17 October 2012: Addressing a range of questions on the relationship between agrofuel and food, Oliver De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, described the impacts of biofuels on food prices, food security and land concentration, and ways that the EU and other States could sustainably regulate biofuels in the future.

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UNDP Releases Final Baobab Coalition Journal [viewed]

18 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its final issue of The Baobab Coalition Journal, a publication reporting on community activities and efforts under the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP). The issue features articles on information sharing on AAP efforts, food security and resilience, gender mainstreaming, and an editorial by the director.

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