Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

CBD Selects Experts for Asia-Pacific Workshop on REDD+ [viewed]

17 February 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the list of sponsored experts for the Asia-Pacific regional consultation and capacity building workshop on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+), including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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UNFCCC Releases Ghana's Proposal on Adaptation Committee Composition [viewed]

16 February 2011: In its proposal to the UNFCCC Secretariat on the composition of the Adaptation Committee, Ghana highlights the need for membership to reflect a gender balance, broad geographic representation, and a range of expertise, including social dimensions and gender.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses the Challenges of Sustainable Development and Equality [viewed]

15 February 2011: Addressing students and faculty at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listed the "sweeping changes in the global landscape," highlighting "disasters striking with greater force" and "the impacts of climate change growing ever clearer."

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FAO Publishes State of the World's Forests 2011 [viewed]

February 2011: The ninth biennial issue of the State of the World's Forests, published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at the outset of the International Year of Forests 2011, considers the theme "Changing pathways, changing lives: forests as multiple pathways to sustainable development."

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CBD Releases January Issue of REDD+ and Biodiversity Newsletter [viewed]

February 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the January issue of its "REDD+ and Biodiversity e-Newsletter."

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Event: Poverty and Climate Change: Voices from Government, the Grassroots and NGOs [viewed]

This side event is organized by the Working Group on Poverty and Climate Change, NGO Subcommittee on Poverty Eradication, at the margins of the 49th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSD). The event will be moderated by Deirdre Mullan. Panelists include Ambassador Donatus St. Aimee (Saint Lucia), who will speak on ‘The Effect of Climate Change on Small Island States'; Leena Kumari (India) on ‘The Effect of Climate Change on Vulnerable Populations'; and Anita Wenden from the Working Group on Climate Change and Poverty.  

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Event: Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change Workshop [viewed]

This is the first of a series of two workshops organized by the UN University (UNU), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The workshop will bring together representatives of indigenous peoples and marginalized populations, natural and social scientists, and other experts in relevant domains. The aim of the workshops is to identify, compile and analyse relevant indigenous and local observations, knowledge and practices related to understanding climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. This first workshop, which will focus on climate change vulnerability, adaptation and traditional knowledge, will be held in collaboration with the Mexican National Institute of Ecology (INE).  

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RRI Dialogue Addresses Developments on REDD+ [viewed]

8 February 2011: The ninth Rights and Resources (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change took place in London, UK, on 8 February 2011, bringing together international and non-governmental organizations, civil servants and representatives from civil society organizations, academia and the private sector to discuss the latest developments on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, plus the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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UNU Calls for Applications for Sustainability and Development Graduate Degree [viewed]

January 2011: The UN University (UNU) Institute for Sustainability and Peace (ISP) is inviting applications for the 2011 postgraduate programme, the Master of Science in Sustainability, Development, and Peace. 

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UNFF 9 Adopts Resolution on Forests for People, Livelihoods and Poverty Eradication [viewed]

4 February 2011: The ninth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9), which focused on the theme “Forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication,” convened from 24 January-4 February 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and brought together over 700 participants to address: the International Year of Forests (Forests 2011); forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication; and means of implementation for sustainable forest management (SFM).

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