Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

Event: Climate Justice: Addressing the Global Challenge and Scotland's Contribution [viewed]

This international roundtable conference, organized by CIFAL Scotland, a UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-affiliated training center for Northern Europe, will provide a space for discussing the challenges of climate change, climate justice as a human right, and Scotland's contribution to climate justice. In 2012, the Scottish government launched the 'Climate Justice Fund,' the value of which was doubled to £6 million in 2013. The Fund currently supports projects in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia in the areas of water and food security, and action against climate change impacts, such as floods, droughts and severe weather. The one-day conference will include opening remarks by UNITAR representatives, a keynote speech by Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs and International Development of the Scottish Government, and a panel discussion.  

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UN Right to Food Rapporteur Outlines Priorities on Climate Change, Food Waste and SDGs [viewed]

United NationsOctober 2014: A human-rights based approach to food security is necessary to provide access to affordable, nutritious food for all and to eliminate hunger, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, said in her first report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The report describes renewed political commitment as essential to advance the right to adequate food.

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RRI Dialogue Focuses on Climate Change Risks, Opportunities [viewed]

RRI-logo30 October 2014: The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) hosted its 16th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, in partnership with Instituto Bien del Común (IBC). The event was organized under the theme ‘Investments, Communities and Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities.'

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Berlin Meeting Launches Process for GEO-6 [viewed]

geo623 October 2014: Held from 21-23 October 2014, in Berlin, Germany, the Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Meeting for the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report endorsed the guiding framework for the report and took what it describes as the necessary preparatory steps for a scientifically robust process.

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UN-REDD and FCPF Welcome Civil Society Observers [viewed]

unredd-forestcarbon28 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have announced the outcomes of the self-selection process for Civil Society Observers.

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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World Resources Forum Discusses Economic and Environmental Linkages [viewed]

World Resources Forum22 October 2014: The 2014 World Resources Forum (WRF) brought together over 1,000 participants from 40 countries and international organizations to share knowledge and ideas on how to increase resource productivity, promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and mitigate climate change, while still maintaining and improving the quality of life for people everywhere.

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Human Rights Experts Publish an Open Letter to UNFCCC State Parties [viewed]

OHCHR 221 October 2014: A group of independent experts of the Human Rights Council of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published an open letter, titled ‘A New Climate Change Agreement Must Include Human Rights Protections for All.' The letter urges State Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to recognize the adverse impacts of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights and to adopt urgent and ambitious measures to prevent further harm.

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Climate Field School Increases Agricultural Productivity, Food Security [viewed]

WMO21 October 2014: The Climate Field School, organized by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) with the Agriculture Agency of Banten Province in the village of Gempolsari, convened for a three-month session from 14 July to 3 October 2014, during which farmers reported a 25% increase in corn harvests.

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CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda [viewed]

cop1217 October 2014: Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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