Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

UN Commission for Social Development Focuses on Poverty Reduction [viewed]

UN logo1 February 2012: The 50th session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD) has opened at UN Headquarters. The session will focus on poverty eradication, youth unemployment and socially-inclusive policies, taking into account the global economic crisis and climate change. Opening statements from UN officials highlighted the importance of social development for sustainable development and the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNHCR Helps Equip Refugee Camps with Fuel Efficient Stoves [viewed]

26 January 2012: The UN Human Rights Commission's (UNHCR) five-year campaign called ‘Light Years Ahead' is helping to provide lighting and fuel-efficient stoves in African refugee camps to support the livelihoods of the people and improve the safety of women and girls.

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UN Secretary-General Outlines "The Future We Want" [viewed]

25 January 2012: In a statement titled, “The Future We Want” delivered at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his plans for action over the next five years. He underscored sustainable development as first in his list of “five generational opportunities to creatively deliver on our core mission." His vision for advancing on sustainable development includes making progress on climate change, sustainable energy, and empowerment of women.

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UN/ISDR Highlights Role of Disaster Reduction in Preventing Climate Displacement [viewed]

19 January 2011: A release by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) highlights that disaster risk reduction (DRR) is key to preventing climate displacement. It notes that human displacement spurred by the “domino effect of climate change” is becoming a major preoccupation of the international community, drawing links among the work of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), UN/ISDR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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FAO/UNEP Asia-Pacific Forest Meeting Identifies Climate Change Adaptation Strategies [viewed]

18 January 2012: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and RECOFTC - The Centre for People and Forests have released a policy brief resulting from a meeting on forests and climate change adaptation in Asia, held in October 2011.

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UN Secretary-General, UNGA President Call for G77 Leadership to Address Global Challenges [viewed]

11 January 2012: In his remarks at the Group of 77 chairmanship handover ceremony in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the importance of the leadership of the G77 in ensuring that "concrete actionable measures" are adopted at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Newly Elected ECOSOC President Outlines Priorities [viewed]

10 January 2012: Slovak Ambassador Miloš Koterec has been elected to serve as President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Addressing the Council in New York, US, after his election, Koterec called for a new approach to development, including changing old perceptions about development and finding new ways to optimize cooperation among donor and aid recipient countries.

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Event: Sixth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation [viewed]

The meeting is sponsored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), International Institute for Environment and Development and the Disaster Management Center of the Government of Viet Nam. The meeting will include three-days of site visits, to see how others are implementing community based adaptation, and three days of interactive discussions.  

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Secretary-General Ban Starts Second Term, Calls for Partnerships [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General3 January 2012: Marking the start of his second term as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon gave an interview with the UN News Centre and UN Radio in which he highlighted the power of partnerships to respond to climate change, poverty and other challenges.

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UNRISD Paper Examines Social Dimensions of the Global Political Economy of REDD+ [viewed]

30 December 2011: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has published a paper on how different actors bring the social dimension into the negotiating process for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) at the global level.

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