Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique [viewed]

PIFS30 August 2012: The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum convened in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, from 28-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Large Oceans Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” Issues discussed at the meeting included the outcomes of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Oceanscape initiative, climate change, and radioactive contaminants in the Marshall Islands. The 43rd PIF Communique includes the key commitments of Pacific Leaders.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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WWAP Publishes Green Accounting for Water Report [viewed]

August 2012: The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a report, titled “Green Accounting and Data Improvement for Water Resources,” which examines the incorporation of water-related indicators into environmental accounting systems by the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounts for Water (SEEAW), Eurostat, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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UNISDR Highlights Impact of Mexican Drought on Indigenous Populations [viewed]

14 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has highlighted the recent impact of drought on the indigenous populations of Chihuahua, Mexico. UNISDR noted that while the Mexican Early Warning System for cyclones has proven to be a powerful tool to reduce the loss of lives, there are yet no appropriate early warning systems for other extreme hydro meteorological events such as drought, hail storms and flash floods.

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UN Report Provides Update on Sustainable Agricultural Policies and Practices [viewed]

10 August 2012: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a report of the UN Secretary-General on agriculture development and food security, which examines the challenges of achieving food and nutrition security, as well as progress in implementation of sustainable agriculture policies and practices based on the Five Rome Principles for Sustainable Global Food Security.

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CPF Calls for Participants and Hosts of Discussions Forum at Forest Day 6 [viewed]

July 2012: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), as the organizer of Forest Day 6, which will be held alongside the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, has issued an open call for organizations to participate and host Discussion Forums.

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CCAFS Reports on African Agricultural Carbon Projects [viewed]

23 July 2012: A new study published by the Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and EcoAgriculture Partners highlights the results of six African agricultural carbon projects. Researchers found that communities are benefiting from a range of activities related to planting and managing trees on farms.

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UNFCCC Holds Workshop on Water, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation [viewed]

UNFCCC20 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a technical workshop to address water, climate change impacts and adaptation strategies under the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change. The meeting was held in Mexico City, Mexico, from 18-20 July 2012. 

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IFAD Annual Report Documents Investments in Adaptation and Gender [viewed]

July 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes the achievements of its programme of work through 240 projects in 94 countries, as well as its new strategic framework for 2011-2015.

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Event: Regional GEF CSO's Meeting for Southern Africa [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is holding a civil society organizations (CSO) regional meeting and Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Southern Africa. The agenda will focus on enhancing civil society participation in GEF, as well as enhancing indigenous peoples participation in GEF activities.  

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