Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

Human Rights Experts Publish an Open Letter to UNFCCC State Parties [viewed]

OHCHR 221 October 2014: A group of independent experts of the Human Rights Council of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published an open letter, titled ‘A New Climate Change Agreement Must Include Human Rights Protections for All.' The letter urges State Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to recognize the adverse impacts of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights and to adopt urgent and ambitious measures to prevent further harm.

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Climate Field School Increases Agricultural Productivity, Food Security [viewed]

WMO21 October 2014: The Climate Field School, organized by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) with the Agriculture Agency of Banten Province in the village of Gempolsari, convened for a three-month session from 14 July to 3 October 2014, during which farmers reported a 25% increase in corn harvests.

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CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda [viewed]

cop1217 October 2014: Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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Liberia and Norway Partner to Halt Deforestation [viewed]

liberia-norway23 September 2014: Following the New York Declaration on Forests agreed to at Climate Summit 2014, Liberia and Norway announced a six-year US$150 million partnership to end deforestation in Liberia by 2020.

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UNEP, Partners Offset CBD COP 12 Emissions [viewed]

unep-cbd7 October 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with several partners, has launched an initiative aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). A dedicated ‘Carbon Offsetting Fund' will operate though 17 October, seeking to encourage conference participants, as well as the general public, to offset their emissions resulting from the event.

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Loss and Damage Excom Agrees on Two-Year Workplan [viewed]

UNFCCC19 September 2014: The resumed initial meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (Excom) under the UNFCCC agreed, inter alia, on a two-year workplan for implementing the Mechanism's functions as outlined in decision 2/CP.19 (Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage).

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Meetings of the CBD and its Protocols Open in Pyeongchang [viewed]

CBD29 September 2014: The seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 7) has opened in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea. It will be followed by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), which will run from 6-17 October 2014, also in Pyeongchang, and the first Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) (NP COP/MOP 1), which will be held during the second week of CBD COP 12, from 13-17 October 2014.

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CIFOR Colloquium Discusses Future of Forest Research as Shaped by Climate Change [viewed]

CIFOR24 September 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) convened a colloquium, titled 'New Thinking for Transformational Change,' where scientists and thought leaders discussed the future forest research agenda in light of climate change and the declarations and commitments made during the Climate Summit 2014.

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Leaders' Forum on Women Urges Ambition, Concrete Climate Change Action [viewed]

mary-robinsonUN Women Logo22 September 2014: An event titled ‘Leaders' Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action,' which was co-hosted by UN Women and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, addressed the particular needs and responses of women in terms of climate policy.

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Equator Prizes Awarded to 26 Local and Indigenous Leaders [viewed]

equator-prize-winner21 September 2014: The 2014 Equator Prize Awards Ceremony event honored 26 leaders of local and indigenous communities around the world, whose efforts to address climate change head on and innovate new solutions to issues of food security, land management and water conservation led to their selection from 1,234 global nominations. The Equator Initiative is a partnership between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and various public and private donors.

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