Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

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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ECOSOC Hosts Integration Segment on Employment and Decent Work [viewed]

ECOSOC1 April 2015: The 2015 Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) addressed the theme of 'Achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all.' Bringing together leaders from the public and private sectors, in dialogue with UN Member States and civil society representatives, the Segment examined policy recommendations for decent work and employment, and how these issues fit in with ongoing discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and other UN processes.

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March 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

march_climate_finance_201531 March 2015: During the month of March 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the UN Development Programme (UNDP)/World Bank Climate Finance Options (CFO) platform and the World Bank reported on climate finance projects, mechanisms and developments. ADB, EIB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) and the World Bank released publications and organized events.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund Supports Community Seed Network in Guatemala [viewed]

ITPGRMarch 2015: With support from the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), a project implemented by the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala and focusing on the documentation and conservation of genetic diversity of maize and beans has strengthened the local association of farmers and established a local seed network. The project started with the establishment of a local network to assess storage practices, the availability of seed and sowing practices, as well as the information on and perception of the negative impacts of climate change.

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day [viewed]

un-water22 March 2015: On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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UNEP 'Our Planet' 2015 Focuses on SDGs [viewed]

UNEPMarch 2015: An integrated, universal approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda is essential, according to the 2015 issue of ‘Our Planet,' a publication from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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AMCEN Declaration Urges Action on Climate Change, Illegal Wildlife Trade, Green Economy [viewed]

African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN)6 March 2015: African ministers called for adaptation-mitigation parity in the 2015 climate agreement at the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). Ministers also supported measures to develop a common wildlife strategy, enhance natural resources management, ensure an inclusive green economy and support the continent's poverty eradication and sustainable development efforts.

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