Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

Guest Article #63: The Work of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently agreed on a need for a roadmap on climate change and genetic resources. The Commission is the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically relevant to biological diversity for food and agriculture.

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UNGA Debates Achieving the Right to Water in the Context of the MDGs [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its debate on challenges to achieving the human right to water and sanitation in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with some delegates stressing the impact of climate change on the realization of this right, in particular in least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).

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UNHCR Marks 60th Anniversary of Refugee Convention [viewed]

28 July 2011: In his statement delivered on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres underlined that the causes of forced displacement are multiplying, noting that extreme poverty and the impact of climate change add to the traditional causes of displacement.

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UNGA Debate on Right to Water Highlights Impact of Climate Change [viewed]

27 July 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a debate on the human right to water and sanitation, during which a number of speakers highlighted that climate change constitutes an obstacle to the enjoyment of this right, stressing the particular situations of small island low-lying States.

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Event: Second Regional Forum for People and Forests [viewed]

In collaboration with Thailand's Royal Forest Department, RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are organizing a forum that will explore the theme: Community Forestry: Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges. The forum is part of the global celebrations of the International Year of Forests 2011.  

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Human Rights Expert Reports on Maldives Mission [viewed]

21 July 2011: After returning from a mission to the Maldives, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) for the UN Human Rights Council, Chaloka Beyani, stressed that the negative effects of climate change on peoples' rights such as the right to housing, and safe water and livelihoods are being felt across many islands.

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WTO Completes Third Review of Aid for Trade Initiative [viewed]

19 July 2011: The Third Global Review of the Aid for Trade Initiative, organized by the World Trade Organization (WTO), reviewed case stories on the results of the Aid for Trade Initiative in different regions and discussed indicators to measure the impact of the Aid for Trade initiative on economic growth, employment and poverty alleviation, as well as on gender empowerment and environmental sustainability.

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UN Secretary-General in Finland: Sustainable Development is UN's Top Priority [viewed]

15 July 2011: During his official visit to Finland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with President Tarja Halonen and called for greater attention to sustainable development, highlighting that climate change is a growing threat to people and economies worldwide.

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UN MDG Report Highlights Progress Despite the Financial, Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

7 July 2011: The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2011 finds that, despite setbacks from recent economic, food and energy crises, major progress towards the MDGs has been achieved. However, it indicates that progress has been unequal and the most vulnerable are left behind, noting disparities based on sex, age, disability and ethnicity, and between urban and rural areas.

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Website Launched for 2012 International Year for Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

June 2011: The official website in support of the 2012 "International Year for Sustainable Energy for All," with information on the Year itself, recent and future events, how to get involved, other resources, and partners, has been launched.

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