Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

Adapting to Climate Challenges, Indigenous Mountain Farmers Exchange Seeds and Traditional Practices [viewed]

iied_mp30 March 2016: A Tajikistan workshop with indigenous mountain farmers from 10 countries endorsed the 'Tuggoz Declaration on Climate Change and Mountain Indigenous Peoples,' which calls for protecting indigenous farming systems and landscapes through the legal recognition of Biocultural Heritage Territories. The declaration calls for indigenous peoples' rights to land, natural resources; for traditional knowledge to be fully respected in all mitigation and adaptation policies and programmes; and for the full and effective implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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Human Rights Council Expresses Concern over Housing, Refugee Policy [viewed]

OHCHR24 March 2016: The 31st session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) concluded in Geneva, Switzerland, with UN representatives and advisors expressing concern over the arbitrary detention of refugees and migrants to Europe, the homelessness crisis worldwide, and the impacts of inequality on human rights. Panel discussions during the three-week session addressed ways to mainstream human rights in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and closer cooperation with climate actors on the right to health, among other issues.

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Arctic Council Addresses Climate Change, Resilience [viewed]

Arctic Council17 March 2016: A Senior Arctic Officials' (SAO) Meeting of the Arctic Council (AC) focused on, among other issues, two cross-cutting themes, namely climate change and resilience, and future AC's work on oil and gas. In particular, the AC considered: the potential effects of the Paris Agreement on future work of the Council; reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon and methane (BCM), also in the oil and gas sector; and operationalizing the One Health initiative of the AC's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG).

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UN Secretary-General Calls for "One Set" of Principles to Support 2030 Agenda [viewed]

un_cebJanuary 2016: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) endorsed a strategy for the global initiative on decent jobs for youth, as well as a position paper on equality and non-discrimination, at the CEB's second regular session of 2015. Also at that meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon requested the Board's high-level committees to work together to produce “one set” of principles, to guide the UN system's support to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an integrated way.

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Report Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Arctic Freshwater System [viewed]

amap_wcrp_iasc15 March 2016: The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) have released a summary report, titled 'The Arctic Freshwater System in a Changing Climate,' which outlines the effects of the changing Arctic atmosphere on the region and beyond.

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CSW 60 Opens with Calls for Gender Equality to Guide Action on SDGs [viewed]

csw6014 March 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a framework for action to transform gender relations and achieve gender equality and women's empowerment, making the world a better place for all, UN leaders said at the opening session of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW 60 is expected to discuss implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and take stock of progress in eliminating violence against women and girls.

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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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