Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

WSIS Forum Considers Role of ICTs in Achieving the MDGs [viewed]

18 May 2012: The 2012 World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS Forum 2012) was held to provide a platform for discussions of how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can address global challenges, such as climate change, and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Focuses on Gender Equality [viewed]

17 May 2012: The 2012 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) focused on the theme “Women and Girls in ICT,” in order to promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on gender equality.

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First Africa Human Development Report Explores Food Security, Links to Gender and Environment [viewed]

15 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the first Africa Human Development Report (HDR), titled "Towards a Food Secure Future." The report finds that African governments' bias toward investing in towns rather than rural areas, and men rather than women, are the key factors explaining Africa's food insecurity.

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Peru Seeks FAO Support to Coordinate Its Forestry Sector [viewed]

FAO7 May 2012: The Peruvian Government has formally asked the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to coordinate the various entities and initiatives, public and private, national and international, involved with its forestry sector. The request was formulated during an FAO programming mission to Peru in April 2012.

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UN Independent Experts Call for a Global Financial Transaction Tax [viewed]

14 May 2012: A group of UN independent experts has called on the Group of Eight Industrialized Nations (G8) and EU countries to support a proposal for a global financial transaction tax (FTT). Such a tax would be applied to mitigate the costs of the economic, financial, fuel, climate and food crises, and to protect basic human rights.

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UNPFII Discusses Intellectual Property, Climate Change Adaptation and the Right to Food [viewed]

14 May 2012: Delegates at the 11th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) addressed: the protection of traditional knowledge; the need to improve socioeconomic conditions for indigenous peoples to help them to adapt to climate change, and to control corporate expansion on indigenous lands; and indigenous peoples' rights to food and food sovereignty.

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Asia-Pacific Human Development Report Discusses Climate Impacts for SIDS [viewed]

UNDP10 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its regional human development report for the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on the need for the region to find ways to continue to grow economically, while reducing poverty and tackling climate change and environmental concerns. The report addresses climate challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS) in the region due their low elevation. 

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UNISDR Chief Seeks Action on DRR in the Philippines [viewed]

7 May 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has reported on an official visit by Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction, to the Philippines. She attended a two-day meeting on "Building a Resilient Mindanao," in Albay.

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ADB Discusses Inclusive Growth [viewed]

ADB5 May 2012: The 45th meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was organized around the theme “Inclusive Growth through Better Governance and Partnerships” and addressed how to bring the benefits of Asia's growth to all, especially the poor.

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PROFOR Brief Focuses on Benefit Sharing Arrangements for Forest-Dependent Communities [viewed]

April 2012: The multi-donor Program on Forests Partnership (PROFOR) has published a brief on benefits sharing arrangements in initiatives for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks). The brief focuses on how to identify beneficiaries when rights are unclear and how to transfer benefits.

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