Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

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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ILCs Discussion Forum Focuses on Geo-engineering Impacts on Biodiversity [viewed]

1 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched an online discussion forum on the possible impacts of geo-engineering techniques on biodiversity, and associated social, economic and cultural considerations for indigenous and local communities (ILCs).

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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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