Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

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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ALBA Nations Adopt Declaration Opposing Commodification of Nature [viewed]

5 November 2010: The Ministerial Committee for the Defense of Nature of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas – Treaty of Commerce of the People (ALBA-TCP) adopted a declaration opposing the concept of "green economy," in which nature is seen as "capital" for producing tradable goods and services.

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IFPRI Releases Report on Adapting to Climate Extremes in Ethiopia [viewed]

November 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a study on "Factors affecting the choices of coping strategies for climate extremes: The case of farmers in the Nile Basin of Ethiopia."

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Event: Conference on the Environments of the Poor in the Context of Climate Change and the Green Economy [viewed]

The Conference "Environments of the Poor in the Context of Climate Change and the Green Economy: Making Sustainable Development Inclusive," organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will address the challenge of achieving poverty reduction in the face of growing climate variability and change. It will take stock of the conceptual understandings and empirical evidence developed in recent years and analyze its impact on policy formulation and implementation in Asia and the Pacific.  

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

19 November 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the November volume of its REDD+ and Biodiversity newsletter.

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