Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

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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Tributes Extended for Wangari Maathai, Founder of Green Belt Movement [viewed]

26 September 2011: Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, passed away on 25 September 2011. Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in environmental sustainability and empowerment of women, the first time a Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to an environmentalist.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Meeting of Ibero-American Ministers of Foreign Affairs [viewed]

22 September 2011: In his statement delivered at the lunch meeting of Iberoamerican Foreign Ministers in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that advancing economic growth, lifting people out of poverty and protecting the environment are interlinked, "one and the same cause." 

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GEF Promotes Climate Change Dialogue with African Youth [viewed]

GEF14 September 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the initiative Connect4Climate has initiated an interactive dialogue on climate change issues amongst African youth and social media users around the world.

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ADB Funds Solar Power Project in India [viewed]

ADB13 September 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $100 million loan to finance a roll-out of new large-scale solar power facilities in Gujarat, India.

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Human Rights Council Opens with Focus on Horn of Africa Drought [viewed]

Human Rights Council12 September 2011: The Human Rights Council (HRC) opened its 18th regular session in Geneva, Switzerland, with numerous speakers calling attention to the humanitarian challenges in the Horn of Africa due to the food emergency and fears of a new global recession.

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RRI, Oxfam Dialogue Highlights Linkages between Forestry, Climate Change and Food Security Issues [viewed]

9 September 2011: The Tenth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue, which convened from 7-8 September 2011, in The Hague, the Netherlands, focused on common approaches to dealing with the challenges of food security and climate change.

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