Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

CBD Publishes Technical Study on REDD and Biodiversity [viewed]

1 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a study that provides scientific and technical information on ways to ensure that the design and implementation of policies for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) support the objectives of the CBD.

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Programme Document for ITTO/CBD Collaborative Initiative for Tropical Forest Biodiversity Released [viewed]

31 May 2011: The Programme Document for the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Collaborative Initiative for Tropical Forest Biodiversity is now available on the ITTO website. The document provides guidance for possible activities under the Initiative and ITTO members are invited to consider and approve the document, and convey their response to the ITTO Secretariat by 31 August 2011.

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UNPFII Focuses on Free, Prior and Informed Consent [viewed]

27 May 2011: The 10th Session of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 16-27 May 2011, focused on reviewing progress made on issues ranging from economic and social development to the environment, and whether indigenous peoples have given free, prior and informed consent to decisions affecting their communities, and human rights issues. 

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GEF Council Adopts Decision to Broaden GEF Partnership, New Funds Pledged [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has adopted a decision on broadening the GEF Partnership under Paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument, which establishes criteria and accreditation procedures for allowing new entities into the Partnership during a pilot phase.

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Agrees on Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

24 May 2011: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has agreed on a set of 24 voluntary, science-based indicators for assessing the sustainable production and use of all forms of bioenergy. The agreement represents the first global and government-level consensus on such indicators.

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GEF Marks 20th Anniversary [viewed]

23 May 2011: To mark the 20th anniversary of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the GEF organized a gala reception on the eve of the 40th meeting of the GEF Council.

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African Forum on Financing for Development Considers Accessing Climate Finance [viewed]

20 May 2011: The African Forum on Financing for Development, organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in collaboration with its development partners, focused on reviewing progress, examining key thematic issues relating to development finance in Africa, and proposing the way forward on issues relating to development finance for Africa.

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CBD April Bulletin Highlights Meetings of Joint Liaison Group, Biodiversity Conventions Group [viewed]

16 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for April 2011, which indicates that the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions has formalized the terms of reference of modus operandi of the group, identified joint high-level activities for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the 20th anniversary of the Conventions in 2012, and agreed on new and revised joint publications on climate change adaptation, forests and gender.

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UNDP Releases MDG Report for the Kyrgyz Republic [viewed]

16 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic have launched the Second Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Progress Report for the Kyrgyz Republic, which presents an analysis of MDG achievement based on the indicators proposed in the first report, the indicators used in State strategies and programmes, and with special focus on the impacts of the global financial crisis and climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

16 May 2011: Opening the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that "Indigenous peoples have been living in a “green economy” for centuries," and stressed the need to learn from indigenous communities in order to achieve sustainable development.

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