Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

UN Special Rapporteur Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Human Rights [viewed]

united_nations_human_rights4 March 2016: A global temperature increase of one or two degrees Celsius would adversely affect human rights, including the rights to life, development, food, water, health and housing, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John Knox, told the Human Rights Council (HRC). Knox stressed that human rights obligations with respect to climate change include decisions about how much climate protection to pursue, as well as the mitigation and adaptation measures through which protection is achieved.

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US, Canada Commit to Partner on Climate, Energy and the Arctic [viewed]

us_canada10 March 2016: During an official visit to the US, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama released a US-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership, pledging to sign the Paris Agreement as soon as possible. The two leaders commit to advance climate action globally, outlining coordinated domestic climate action, and announce cooperation on clean energy and the Arctic.

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Study Calls for Indigenous Participation in Ocean Governance [viewed]

dspd-indigenous_people19 February 2016: A study conducted by a member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) calls for mechanisms to facilitate indigenous peoples' full participation in decision-making processes related to the oceans, and to secure their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) for activities that have a direct impact on them. The recommendations of the study are expected to be considered by PFII 15 in May 2016.

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Asia-Pacific Forestry Week Explores Forestry's Role in Sustainable Development [viewed]

growing_our_future1 March 2016: Participants at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week stressed the need for society to proactively integrate forestry into the wider context of sustainable development. The regional gathering brought together policy makers, forestry experts and stakeholders from 30 countries, who discussed forestry in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), governance, regional trade agreements, sustainable production, and climate financing and related safeguards.

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CEDAW, Canada Highlight Centrality of Women and Girls to DRR [viewed]

ohchr-canada1 March 2016: Women and girls must be at the core of disaster risk reduction (DRR), given that they often “bear the brunt” of climate change and hazards, said participants during a special session on gender-related dimensions of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change, convened by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The half-day session discussed DRR and climate change in the context of provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

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CCAFS Details Latest Knowledge on Agriculture and Adaptation [viewed]

CGIAR CCAFS23 February 2016: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published two working papers and two associated information notes synthesizing the latest knowledge on agriculture and adaptation. The papers and notes are designed to help countries to prepare submissions to the 44th session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and will be discussed during in-session workshops on agriculture.

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UNGA President Calls for Investment, Action on Multilateral Commitments [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial16 February 2016: Multilateralism has "reasserted itself" in relation to sustainable development, but failed in the area of peace and security, said UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft, in addresses to the European Parliament and the European Council. Lykketoft reflected on issues of focus for the 70th session of the UNGA, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the selection of the next UN Secretary-General, and the refugee crisis.

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Civil Society Highlights Areas for Action on SDGs, Climate Change [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)February 2016: Commenting on the development of indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), civil society organizations (CSOs) have raised concerns about the process, neutrality of statistics, and socially stratified data collection. A coalition of European NGOs urges the European Commission (EC) to maintain a high level of ambition on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) invites comments on its 'SDG Index,' and others address climate change, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Financial Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, and the role of the private sector.

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EU Climate Diplomacy to Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement [viewed]

ec15 February 2016: EU Foreign Affairs Ministers have adopted conclusions on European climate diplomacy, emphasizing three strands of action for 2016 related to: prioritizing climate change advocacy in diplomatic relations; implementing the Paris Agreement and intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); and addressing the nexus among climate change, natural resources, prosperity, stability and migration.

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Post Davos Talks Highlight Urgency of Climate Change, Conflict and Migration [viewed]

unga_pwc_wef15 February 2016: Participants at the Post Davos Nordic Summit highlighted the role of the private sector and civil society in addressing sustainable development and geopolitical crises. They also discussed implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and noted the importance of progress on sustainable development and climate change to achieve peace and security.

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