Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

IRI Publication Highlights Climate Information for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

A Better Climate for Disaster Risk Management20 June 2011: The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Colombia University has released a publication titled "A better climate for disaster risk management," which addresses recent advances in the use of climate information for managing risks and improving livelihoods.  

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UNHCR Celebrates World Refugee Day [viewed]

World Refugee Day 2011. Photo courtesy of UNHCR.20 June 2011: In a message to celebrate World Refugee Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that since the establishment of the UN refugee agency 60 years ago, the major cause of displacement has been war and prolonged conflicts. He further stressed that nowadays, reasons for displacement also include "extreme poverty, environmental degradation, climate change and the growing and complex interrelationship between these factors and conflict."

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FAO Releases Report on Reforming Forest Tenure [viewed]

10 June 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a report titled "Reforming Forest Tenure: Issues, Principles and Process," which reviews current status and challenges related to tenure of forested lands, and lists ten principles for reform.

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Event: Policy Options to Support Climate-Induced Migration in Asia and the Pacific - Policy Dialogue [viewed]

This Policy Dialogue hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) seeks to present the ADB technical assistance project on policy options to support climate-induced migration in Asia and the Pacific and its preliminary findings to a selected group of government representatives, local policy-makers, and scholars, as well as engage in a discussion and discuss recommendations on suggested policy options and financial mechanisms.  

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FCPF/UN-REDD Stakeholder Engagement Guidelines Open for Comment [viewed]

6 June 2011: The UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have called for public comments on jointly developed guidelines on stakeholder engagement in REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, sustainable management of forests, and conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) readiness, with a focus on the participation of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and other forest-dependent communities.

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UNCHR Calls for Measures to Cope with Climate-Induced Displacement [viewed]

6 June 2011: In his address to the Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres urged countries to adopt new measures to cope with climate-induced displacement within and across borders.

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Chair's Summary of the Third Session of the Global Platform for DRR Released [viewed]

3 June 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released the Chair's Summary of the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and World Reconstruction Conference, in which Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General and Chair of the Third Session, highlights that DRR should be at the forefront of efforts to preserve and protect the balance of nature, and ensure sustainable development and well being for future generations.

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CBD Secretariat Prepares for LAC REDD+ Workshop [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the list of sponsored experts for the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks), to be held from 5-8 July 2011, in Quito, Ecuador.

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UNGA Debates Green Economy [viewed]

2 June 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held an informal thematic debate on the topic “Green Economy: A Pathway to Sustainable Development,” including a morning panel on opportunities and challenges of a green economy, and an afternoon panel on transitioning toward green economy, as well as extensive discussion.

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UNEP, IFAD Launch Resource Management Policy, Call for Support for Sustainable Agriculture [viewed]

1 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called for a dramatic increase in support for sustainable agriculture, including to smallholder farmers, as a way to drive green growth and reduce poverty, on the occasion of the launch of the Environment and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) Policy.

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