Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

Second Our Ocean Conference Galvanizes 80 Initiatives, US$2.1 Billion in Commitments [viewed]

Second Our Ocean Conference6 October 2015: The Second Our Ocean Conference generated US$2.1 billion in commitments on oceans, including announcements of more than 80 initiatives on marine conservation and protection and the protection of over 1.9 million square kilometers of ocean. The Conference aimed to promote voluntary governmental and institutional commitments to care for the world's oceans.

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September 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

September 2015 Climate2 October 2015: During the month of September, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on new funding, and project news and other climate finance-related developments. Multilateral development banks, climate funds, and others released studies, briefs and reports, including on carbon pricing and climate resilience, and reported on events on climate finance readiness and disaster risk financing.

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Climate Change Issues Highlighted at UN Sustainable Development Summit [viewed]

United Nations28 September 2015: The UN Sustainable Development Summit, which met from 25-27 September 2015, in New York, US, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The event brought together 136 Heads of State and Government, ministers, business leaders, and members of civil society, with many leaders highlighting the importance of reaching a strong, global climate agreement at the upcoming 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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UNGA General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Peace, Equality [viewed]

unga7028 September 2015: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its General Debate, which is convening under the theme ‘The UN at 70: A new commitment to action.' Speakers welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with many praising the focus on poverty eradication and inequality. Many speakers also addressed UN reform and peace and security, including discussion of Syria and the refugee crisis.

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Central African Indigenous Networks Discuss Land Security, Conservation and Climate Priorities [viewed]

CBFPSeptember 2015: A sub-regional symposium organized by the Network of Indigenous and Local Communities for the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (REPALEAC) highlighted indigenous communities' perspectives on the governance of protected areas and ongoing land reform processes in the region, and agreed on key messages to Central African Heads of State and the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Pope Francis Addresses UNGA, Urging Action on Environment, Poverty [viewed]

pope_posr2015summit25 September 2015: “Any harm done to the environment…is harm done to humanity,” declared Pope Francis in an address to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), ahead of the UN Sustainable Development Summit. He urged global action to protect the environment and end the suffering of the excluded, calling the expected adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “an important sign of hope.”

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Equator Prize Announces 2015 Winners [viewed]

equatorinitiative21 September 2015: The 21 winning initiatives of the 2015 Equator Prize include a indigenous group in Brazil that inspired the film 'Avatar'; a conservation group in Indonesia that is saving sea turtles; a movement for pygmy rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a community-based organization in the poorest region of Afghanistan that is restoring areas affected by conflict and creating new jobs. The prize is the "flagship programme" of the Equator Initiative, a partnership that brings together the UN, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance sustainable development solutions.

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C20 Calls for World Economy that Works for All [viewed]

g20-turkey16 September 2015: The Civil 20 (C20), a civil society platform of the Group of 20 (G20), issued a communiqué calling for world leaders to champion inclusive growth that respects human life, rights and dignity, and planetary boundaries. The Communiqué was issued by the third annual C20 Summit, which brought together hundreds of civil society delegates to finalize C20's recommendations to the G20 Leaders Summit 2015, taking place in Antalya, Turkey, on 15-16 November 2015.

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UNGA 70 Opening Highlights Agenda 2030, Climate Agreement [viewed]

unga7016 September 2015: The 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened with expressions of optimism for a historic year in which the UN is expected to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a universal agreement on climate change. Speakers also recognized the turmoil of peace and security, and migration challenges. UNGA 70 opened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 15 September 2015.

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PFII Chair Stresses Indigenous Rights in Climate, 2030 Agenda [viewed]

Unpfii213 September 2015: Marking eight years since the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted, Megan Davis, Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII), called on UN Member States to ensure that indigenous peoples' rights are considered when implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and taking action on climate change.

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