Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

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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Event: CBD COP 11 [viewed]

The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is organized by the CBD Secretariat. The High Level Segment will be held from 17-19 October 2012. The provisional agenda includes consideration of: the status of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from their Utilization; implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; issues related to financial resources and the financial mechanism; issues related to cooperation, outreach and the UN Decade on Biodiversity; operations of the Convention; Article 8(j) and related provisions; in-depth review of the programme of work on island biodiversity; ways and means to support ecosystem restoration; marine and coastal biodiversity; biodiversity and climate change; other substantive issues arising from COP 10 decisions, including dryland, forest, inland waters, mountain, and agricultural biodiversity, protected areas, sustainable use of biodiversity, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, biofuels and biodiversity, invasive alien species, the Global Taxonomy Initiative, incentive measures, and biodiversity and development; as well as administrative and budgetary matters.  

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IDB Paper Examines Impact of Deforestation Ban in Latin America [viewed]

28 January 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) presented a discussion paper on the implications of a hypothetical complete ban on land clearing for agriculture in tropical areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, which underscores that the carbon market will not be sufficient to compensate the rural poor for lost income.

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UNFF 9 Opens at UN Headquarters [viewed]

24 January 2011: The ninth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9) opened on 24 January 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and will run until 4 February under the theme “Forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication."

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UNIDO Director-General Discusses Energy Projects [viewed]

14 January 2011: Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), visited the Singimi Falls in Palima, Sierra Leone, to inspect the proposed site of a 10MW hydropower dam that will serve locals, a university and private companies.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reflects on Cancun Climate Change Conference [viewed]

January 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released its latest Newsletter, reporting on recent activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Argentina Takes Over Group of 77 Chairmanship [viewed]

12 January 2011: Speaking at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, US, marking the handover from Yemen to Argentina of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China (G77/China), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that important trends "continue to shape our shared efforts to combat poverty and ensure prosperity for all."

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CBD COP 10 Report Available Online [viewed]

21 December 2010: The official report, including all decisions and outcomes, of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been made available online.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Nominations for Asia-Pacific Workshop on REDD+ [viewed]

16 December 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited nominations of country-designated experts to participate in the Asia-Pacific regional consultation and capacity-building workshop on REDD+, including relevant biodiversity safeguards, scheduled for 15-18 March 2011, in Singapore City, Singapore.

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