Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

Eradication of Poverty Day Focuses on Sustainability and Inclusive Development [viewed]

17 October 2011: This year's commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty promoted recognition that a sustainable future is not reachable when over 40% of the world's population, about 2.6 billion people, live in poverty and face threats from natural disasters and economic shocks. 

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Parliamentarians to Drive Progress to Rio+20 [viewed]

16 October 2011: Opening the 125th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parliamentarians to help drive progress in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.

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On International Day, ISDR Calls for Stepping Up for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

13 October 2011: The UN marked the International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October. Acknowledging that an estimated 100 million children and young people are affected by disasters, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and its partners invited this group to “Step Up for Disaster Risk Reduction.”

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RRI Dialogue Examines Role of Finance in Reducing Forest Loss [viewed]

12 October 2011: The 11th Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue convened under the theme “Status and Role of Public and Private Finance to Reduce Forest Loss and Degradation.” The Dialogue discussed lessons learned regarding the possibilities of a global forest carbon market, and the scope for individual projects.

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Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Climate Change [viewed]

Human Rights Council30 September 2011: The Human Rights Council closed its 18th regular session, adopting 33 texts on a wide range of issues, including a resolution on human rights and climate change (A/HRC/18/L26/Rev.1), in which the Council reiterates its concern that climate change poses an immediate and far-reaching threat to people and communities around the world, and has adverse implications for the full enjoyment of human rights.

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CBD Sends Input to UNFCCC on Biodiversity, ILC Aspects of REDD+ Safeguards [viewed]

CBD30 September 2011: A submission of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) contains summaries of four expert workshops on the links between biodiversity and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries), including relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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PAHO Adopts Strategy and Action Plan on Climate Change [viewed]

30 September 2011: The 51st Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) adopted a new strategy and action plan on climate change drafted by the PAHO Secretariat. These documents call on countries in the Americas to develop national climate change strategies with technical help from PAHO and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as national campaigns to increase awareness of the health risks of climate change.

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Asia and the Pacific Meeting Addresses Sustainable Energy Development [viewed]

29 September 2011: The Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Energy Development in Asia and the Pacific reviewed energy security challenges facing the region and outlined a regional agenda on the issue. Participants stressed the importance for countries in the region to have national policies that will ensure universal access to clean and efficient energy services to advance poverty reduction and improve health and well-being.

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European Parliament Makes Recommendations for EU Position at Rio+20 [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on developing a common EU position ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), outlining its views on the concept of the green economy and desired outcomes of the Conference.

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UN Secretary-General Names High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

26 September 2011: The UN Secretary-General has appointed business, government and civil society leaders from around the world to serve on the newly created UN Secretary-General's High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL).

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