Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

OAS Sponsors Dialogues on Sustainable Development Governance [viewed]

OASApril 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS) has sponsored a series of thematic "hemispheric dialogues," intended to generate recommendations on institutions and governance for sustainable development to submit to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability, both taking place in June 2012.

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Water Agenda for the Americas Presented [viewed]

4 April 2012: Over 40 governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations presented "Americas' Water Agenda" to the March 2012 World Water Forum, a roadmap to guide Western Hemisphere decision makers on the primary actions to improve water management.

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CGIAR Launches Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas [viewed]

March 2012: Seeking to tap potential synergies for increasing food security and incomes, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has developed a Global Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, to be led by the International Potato Center (CIP) in collaboration with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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UNIDO's “Making It” Magazine Focuses on Low-Carbon Future [viewed]

UNIDOMarch 2012: The the ninth issue of the quarterly magazine of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), titled “Making It: Industry for Development,” focuses on the theme “Our low-carbon future.”

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UNU, IPCC Convene Workshop on Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Mitigation [viewed]

2 April 2012: The UN University (UNU) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened a three-day workshop on “Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects.” Participants examined how mitigation efforts can impact indigenous peoples and local communities, and what barriers exist to their involvement and their capacity to benefit.

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CCAD Workshop Considers REDD Strategies and Plans [viewed]

22 March 2012: The regional workshop on the follow up of the programme for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation of forests in developing countries (REDD), implemented by the Central American Commission on Environment Development (CCAD) and the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ) (REDD/CCAD-GIZ Programme), discussed regional and national strategies to be implemented during 2012 by the eight member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

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UNRISD Contributes to “Greening the Economy” Journal Issue [viewed]

12 March 2012: The Society for International Development, in partnership with the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), has published a special issue on "Greening the Economy" of its journal "Development" journal, which aims to contribute to the discussions and debates at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UN Report Highlights Sustainable Development Challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

23 March 2012: A new report on sustainable development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, prepared by 13 UN agencies, has highlighted the need for the region to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in green jobs, and establish social protection floors in order to ensure a sustainable future.

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6th World Water Forum Adopts Marseille Declaration [viewed]

17 March 2012: The 6th World Water Forum, which was organized around the theme “Time for Solutions,” concluded with adoption of the Marseille Ministerial Declaration. Key issues addressed during the Forum included: access to drinking water and sanitation; contributions to a green economy; resilience and adaptation to climate change; and governance and financing.

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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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