Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

UN-HABITAT, EU Launch Low-Emission City Growth Initiative [viewed]

9 March 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the European Commission (EC) have launched a project, titled "Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries" (URBAN-LEDS), which aims to support cities' efforts in mitigating climate change.

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Event: Eighth African Development Forum [viewed]

The eighth African Development Forum (ADF) is being held under the theme "Governing and Harnessing Natural Resources for Africa's Development". The ADF will provide a forum for the presentation of the latest research results, opinions and developments within the following six areas: knowledge base, human and institutional capacities; policy, legal and regulatory issues; economic issues; governance, human rights and social issues; participation and ownership of natural resources; and environmental, material stewardship and climate change. The ADF is an biennial event of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). It was created in 1999 and is a multi-stakeholder platform for debating, discussing and initiating concrete strategies for Africa's development. It is convened in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and other partners.  

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Water, Energy, Food Security Nexus Conference Publishes Policy Recommendations [viewed]

29 February 2012: The results of the “Bonn2011 Conference: The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for a Green Economy” have been published in the form of a conference synopsis and set of policy recommendations.

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OHCHR Seminar Addresses the Impacts of Climate Change on the Enjoyment of Human Rights [viewed]

23 February 2012: The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recently convened a seminar to deepen the understanding of the relationship between climate change and human rights, and to address the adverse effects of climate change on the full enjoyment of human rights.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Activities in Indonesia and Sri Lanka [viewed]

UN-REDD28 February 2012: The February issue of the UN-REDD Programme's monthly Newsletter reviews various international and country-specific activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and carbon stock enhancement in developing countries (REDD+).

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Commission on Status of Women Focuses on Empowerment of Rural Women and Role in Sustainable Development [viewed]

CSW5627 February 2012: The 56th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) opened on 27 February, focusing on the theme of empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, and sustainable development.

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New Website Launched for Many Strong Voices Programme [viewed]

February 2012: A new website has been launched for Many Strong Voices (MSV), a programme linking climate change adaptation and mitigation activities in the Arctic and small islands development States (SIDS).  

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Gates Foundation Announces Grants to Support Crop Diversity and Climate Adaptation [viewed]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (logo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)23 February 2012: At the 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced seven new grants to agriculture totaling $200 million, including the $21 million Tropical Legumes II project and the $33 million Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project.

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Businesses Gather for Summit on Sustainable Growth [viewed]

14 February 2012: KPMG International, in cooperation with the UN Global Compact, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), hosted a Summit on the Business Perspective for Sustainable Growth, at which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for business leaders' support in achieving “critical mass” for corporate sustainability.

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Commission for Social Development Adopts Resolution on NEPAD [viewed]

10 February 2012: The 50th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD), which focused on the theme “Poverty Eradication,” concluded with the adoption of seven resolutions, including on the need to mainstream disability in the development agenda and the social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

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