Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

ECOWAS Agrees on Principles of Regional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policies [viewed]

27 June 2012: The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held a regional workshop at the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) from 25-27 June in Dakar, Senegal, during which the main aims and components of a regional renewable energy and energy efficiency policy of ECOWAS were agreed by directors of the region's Ministries of Energy.

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SPC Training Links Gender Analysis and Climate Change Resilience [viewed]

SPC27 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a training session on gender and climate change  for Fiji officers from government ministries and NGOs, aimed at strengthening participants' understanding of the gender analysis approach, and enabling them to apply gender analysis in the context of climate change. The training convened from 20-22 June 2012, in Suva, Fiji.

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Agriculture and Rural Development Day Issues Communiqué to Rio+20 [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Fourth Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) convened on 18 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). ARDD aimed to promote concrete steps towards sustainable food systems, and to put agriculture at the core of sustainable development policies. The main message conveyed was that while agriculture is affected by climate change, it has a key role to play in addressing it.

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Rio+20 Adopts "The Future We Want" Outcome Document, Voluntary Pledges Reported to Reach US$513 Billion [viewed]

22 June 2012: The third and final meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Pre-Conference Informal Consultations Facilitated by the Host Country, and the UNCSD convened back-to-back in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13-22 June 2012. During their ten days in Rio, government delegations concluded negotiations on the Rio outcome document, titled “The Future We Want.”

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ESMAP Reviews its 2009-11 Work on Clean Energy, Access and Efficiency [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank released the report, “ESMAP 2012 Portfolio Review Fiscal Years 2009-2011,” which highlights results and outcomes of ESMAP projects and activities implemented since July 2008.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Highlights Progress in Gender Mainstreaming [viewed]

20 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Gender Mainstreaming Day at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). Sessions included: mainstreaming gender in the three Rio Conventions; linking research, policy and practice for gender-responsive action in forestry; political leadership and gender; and a celebration of women's leadership in sustainable development. A special event on the economics of sustainable development also took place.

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Energy Day Convenes at Rio+20, Launches Global Energy Assessment [viewed]

19 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Energy Day convened on 19 June. Organized by UN-Energy, together with the Secretary-General's High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, Energy Day featured 12 interactive sessions with academics, policy makers, business leaders and civil society representatives.

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Event: Equator Prize Award Ceremony [viewed]

The Equator Prize is awarded biannually to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize spotlights 25 local initiatives by honoring them on an international stage. The event, hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will include a special musical performance by Gilberto Gil, and will take place on the sidelines fo the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Highlights Green Growth in Africa, Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

14 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) continued on 14 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in parallel with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), convening for Africa Day and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (ILCs) Day.

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UNESCO, UNU Launch Book on Traditional Knowledge for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

13 June 2012: Published by the UN University (UNU) Traditional Knowledge Initiative and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the book "Weathering Uncertainty: traditional knowledge for climate change assessment and adaptation" was launched at the International Council for Science's Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development, held in parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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