Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

CBD Publishes Booklet on REDD+, Biodiversity and Livelihoods [viewed]

March 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), have published a booklet titled "Biodiversity and Livelihoods: REDD-plus Benefits."

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Event: Fourth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention [viewed]

This meeting is the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UN Economic Commission on Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). It will seek to provide an opportunity to discuss public participation in international forums, the procedure for accession to the Convention by States from outside the UNECE region, and the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development. The latter is the theme of the high-level segment on 1 July 2011. The meeting is expected to adopt the draft Chisinau Declaration on the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development, as a contribution to the UNCSD process.  

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UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting Documents Released [viewed]

8 March 2011: Documentation for the UN-REDD Programme's sixth Policy Board meeting, taking place from 21-22 March 2011, in Da Lat, Viet Nam, is now available online.

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Women's Commission Considers Gender Equality in Climate Change Policies [viewed]

4 March 2011: The 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place at the UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 22 February-4 March 2011, under the theme "Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work." 

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Event: Climate Change Legal Negotiations: Implications for Forest Governance, Equity and Livelihoods [viewed]

The UN University (UNU) is organizing this event focused on legal negotiations in climate change. During the event, a panel will discuss mechanisms for access and benefit sharing related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including lessons for climate change legal negotiations from access and benefit sharing agreements. The panel will also discuss the implementation of global environmental agreements within local realities and highlight experiences of communities from different tropical regions in addressing the challenge of ensuring development objectives in an equitable and just manner.  

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Event: Fifth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change [viewed]

The conference aims to share the latest developments in adaptation planning and practices, priority sectors and measures at different levels and disseminate knowledge among stakeholders and communities. The specific objectives are to: bring different stakeholders and practitioners to share and discuss knowledge of Community Based Adaptation (CBA) planning and practices from different parts of the developing world, particularly Bangladesh; capture the latest learning from CBA planning and practices around the developing world; enhance capacity of the practitioners to help the most vulnerable groups and people in improving livelihoods in developing countries; share lessons learnt to facilitate integration of climate change into national and international development programmes; and disseminate lessons learnt at the conference through proceedings and immediate conference summary. Conference partners include: the Asian Development Bank (ADB); the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); the UN Development Programme (UNDP); the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); the World Bank; the World Food Programme (WFP); and the World Health Organization (WHO).  

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FCPF, GEF Organize Brazil-Africa Event on REDD+ and Community Forestry [viewed]

11 February 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), with the help of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), the Office National des Forêts International (ONFI) and a grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), organized a 10-day South-South exchange on community forestry and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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CPF Calls for Greater Role for Women in Forest Management [viewed]

1 March 2011: In advance of International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has issued a press release highlighting that women are the main users of forests in developing countries, but that they are often not included in management decisions.

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Growing Forest Partnerships Releases February Newsletter [viewed]

February 2011: The Growing Forest Partnership (GFP) has released the February issue of its newsletter. GFP is an initiative funded by the World Bank that supports local, national and international networks to ensure that global discussions about forests include the real and current challenges faced by forest-dependent people and local forest managers.

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UN-REDD Releases First Five-Year Strategy [viewed]

24 February 2011:  The UN-REDD Programme has released its first five-year strategy for 2011-2015, which provides a road map for increased support to UN-REDD partner countries for activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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