Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

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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African Climate Change and Development Conference Urges Guidelines for African Policymakers [viewed]

UNECE20 October 2012: The Second Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-II), “Advancing Knowledge, Policy and Practice in Climate Change and Development,” was organized around three sub-themes: climate services delivery for development; Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), with a focus on Africa; and outstanding issues in climate negotiations.

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AfDB Publishes First CIF Report [viewed]

AfDB18 October 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released its first semi-annual report on the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) in Africa, titled “CIF in Action.” The report highlights projects and investment plans in 15 African countries and the Middle East and North African region (MENA) that aim to support transformations in clean technology, climate-resilient development, increased energy access through renewable energy and sustainable management of forests.

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Second Committee Holds Substantive Discussion on SDGs [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee convened a special event on “Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 16 October 2012. The event served as an initial opportunity for participants to discuss the SDGs, in light of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcome decision to develop a proposal for SDGs to be considered during the UNGA's 68th session.

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Global Alliance Highlights Climate Change Mitigation Benefits of Clean Cookstoves [viewed]

October 2012: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has prepared a factsheet that identifies a positive correlation between the use of clean cookstoves and climate change mitigation, highlighting that, if well designed, clean cookstoves can reduce emissions associated with cooking with biomass.

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Livelihoods Day Convenes at Rio Conventions Pavilion [viewed]

12 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India convened for Livelihoods Day on 12 October 2012.

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CBD COP 11 Opens with Focus on Strategic Plan Implementation, Climate and Marine Issues [viewed]

8 October 2012: The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 8 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, directly following the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The two-week meeting will address a series of cross-cutting and ecosystem-related issues, as well as financial, administrative and implementation-related topics.

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UN-Water Releases 2011 Annual Report [viewed]

3 October 2012: UN-Water has published its 2011 Annual Report highlighting the year's achievements, including launching the UN Documentation Centre on Water and Sanitation (UN-DCWS), undertaking a survey of 130 countries on approaches to water management, and responding to urban water challenges through the World Water Day (WWD) campaign.

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New Papers Focus on Water Supply and Sanitation and Carbon Financing for Water Treatment [viewed]

1 October 2012: The Global Water Forum (GWF) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently published two discussion papers, titled “Water Supply and Sanitation in India: Meeting Targets and Beyond” and “Leveraging Carbon Financing to Enable Accountable Water Treatment Programs.”

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