Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

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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Event: CBD Asia-Pacific Workshop on REDD+ [viewed]

Convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the National Parks Board of Singapore and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, this regional consultation and capacity-building workshop will focus on biodiversity and indigenous and local community aspects of REDD+, including relevant safeguards.  

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Commonwealth Publishes 2010 Human Rights Report [viewed]

8 December 2010: The Commonwealth Secretariat has launched a new study, titled "Human Rights in the Commonwealth: A Status Report 2010," which examines the collective efforts of Commonwealth member countries towards upholding and protecting human rights.

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UN High Commissioner Calls for New Approaches to Address Global Refugee Situation [viewed]

8 December 2010: During the annual High Commissioner's Dialogue, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres stressed the growing gaps in the global framework for safeguarding displaced and stateless people, and called on the international community to urgently adapt and respond to the new challenges of population growth, urbanization, climate change, water and food scarcity and energy insecurity.

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UNDP SGP Highlights Climate Resilience Project in Mexico [viewed]

4 December 2010: On the occasion of the Cancun Climate Change Conference, the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and Mexico's National Commission of Protected Areas organized a site visit to a community-based project in the protected area of Yum Balam, which is helping a Mayan indigenous community increase its resilience to climate change.

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UNESCO Director-General Addresses Climate Change and Education [viewed]

26 November 2010: Irina Bokova, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General, delivered a keynote address at a UN University (UNU) Public Symposium titled "Climate Change and Education: UNESCO's Role in the 2010s." 

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UN-REDD Launches Publication on REDD+ [viewed]

2 December 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has launched a publication titled "Perspectives on REDD+," discussing challenges in implementing a mechanism on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

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FAO Launches Policy for Engaging with Indigenous Communities [viewed]

26 November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has developed a guidance document titled "FAO Policy on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples," aimed to guide systematic and responsible engagement with indigenous peoples and their organizations.

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Marshall Islands Prepare National Climate Change Framework Policy [viewed]

23 November 2010: The Marshall Islands are preparing a national climate change framework policy (NCCFP) to provide a blueprint to build resilience to climate change, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Climate Change Programme, the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change project of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Pacific Adaptation Strategies Assistance Programme and the Pacific Islands Applied Geosciences Commission.

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