Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

Co-Facilitators Revise Proposal on Post-2015 Summit Dialogues [viewed]

post20155 May 2015: The Co-Facilitators of the intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda have issued a revised proposal for the themes of the interactive dialogues to take place at the UN summit for the adoption of the agenda, in September 2015. The interactive dialogues were indicated in the UN General Assembly's resolution on the modalities for the summit, adopted on 29 December 2014.

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CIFOR Case Studies Focus on Carbon Rights, Shifting Cultivation [viewed]

CIFOR4 May 2015: As part of its ongoing efforts to support sustainable forest management (SFM) and address deforestation and forest degradation, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released two case studies based on country assessments, one on carbon rights and the second on the impacts of shifting cultivation.

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CIAT, CCAFS Warn of Climate Change Impacts on Coffee Production [viewed]

ciat_ccafs4 May 2015: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), has published a study, titled ‘Projected Shifts in Coffea arabica Suitability among Major Global Producing Regions Due to Climate Change.' The study focuses on how, by 2050, climate change will affect climatic suitability for Arabica coffee within current production regions.

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Event: Seventeenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change [viewed]

Held on the theme, ‘forest tenure, restoration, and green growth' the dialogue, hosted by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), will explore forest governance and tenure reform as an important element in forest landscape restoration. In particular, the dialogue will build a common understanding and identify key policy messages on the links between forest tenure, restoration and green growth. The Dialogue is also expected to identify policy opportunities and distill key messages to inform relevant policy discussions including the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, in November-December 2015, the various REDD+ initiatives, as well as the Green Climate Fund (GCF).  

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April 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

April 2015 Climate Finance30 April 2015: During April 2015, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the World Bank, Climate Finance Options and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on project news and other climate finance-related developments.

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Scientific Advisory Board Highlights Science, Technology and Innovation as MOI [viewed]

United Nations29 April 2015: Members of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) called for improving the interface between science and policy in order to develop and implement solutions to global challenges. The call was made at a roundtable with UN Member States on means of implementation (MOI) and the post-2015 development agenda. The Board also underscored the importance of science in facilitating transformations toward local low-carbon economies and sustainable urbanization.

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Event: Ninth Community Based Adaptation Conference (CBA9) [viewed]

CBA9 will take place under the theme 'Measuring and enhancing effective adaptation,' with sessions on, inter alia: measuring, linking and learning about adaptation effectiveness across scales; climate information services for effective adaptation; gender and vulnerable groups; indigenous knowledge, culture and adaptation; tools and techniques for measuring effective adaptation and resilience; evaluating ecosystem-based adaptation effectiveness; and estimating loss and damage. Other events include short films, a 'Fun Adaptation Finance Night' and a field trip on 24-25 April 2015. Hosted by the Government of Kenya, the conference is being organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS).  

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability [viewed]

global_soil_week24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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Arctic Council Meeting Concludes Canada's Chairmanship [viewed]

Arctic Council25 April 2015: The ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council, which marked the end of Canada's Arctic Council chairmanship (2013-2015) and the start of the US chairmanship (2015-2017), brought together ministers of the eight Arctic States and leaders of the six Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council. Ministers adopted the 2015 Iqaluit Declaration, which highlights the accomplishments of the past two years and sets the stage for the upcoming US chairmanship.

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Event: Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

This event is being organized by the Vatican and has the objective of raising awareness and building consensus around sustainable development values and ensuring they cohere with the values of religious traditions, with a special focus on the most vulnerable. The event will also aim to: increase the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical; and help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.

 The event will result in a joint statement on the moral and religious imperative of sustainable development, emphasizing the connection between respect for the environment and respect for people, particularly the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children and future generations. Vatican officials plus 60 high-level invitees (20 science, business, diplomatic and development experts; 20 religious leaders; and 20 academics and scholars) are expected to attend, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  

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