Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

EU Environment Ministers Adopt Negotiating Position for Cancun [viewed]

14 October 2010: At their meeting on 14 October 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, the Council of the EU Environment Ministers agreed on a negotiating strategy for the Cancun Climate Change Conference to be held in late 2010.

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UNFPA Event Focuses on Social Dimensions of Climate Change in Africa [viewed]

15 October 2010: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Coordination Mechanism Cluster on Social and Human Development hosted a two-day meeting to examine the human and social dimensions of climate change in the life of African people.

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UNGA Third Committee Addresses the Rights of Children [viewed]

15 October 2010: The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) addressed the ways in which member States have been promoting and protecting the rights of children, in light of their respective socioeconomic and cultural situations.

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CBD COP 10 Opens in Nagoya [viewed]

18 October 2010: Following the conclusion of the Biosafety Protocol COP/MOP 5, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10) opened on 18 October 2010, and will continue until 29 October 2010. The meeting's agenda includes a series of strategic, substantive, administrative and budgetary issues.

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International Day of Rural Women Highlights Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

15 October 2010: The International Day of Rural Women was celebrated by the UN on 15 October 2010, in New York, US. The Day provides an opportunity to highlight global challenges faced by rural women, including climate change.

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Event: Climate Change and the Mayan Vision [viewed]

This public lecture by Álvaro Colom Caballeros, President of Guatemala, is jointly convened by the Embassy of the Republic of Guatemala, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Office in Asia and the UN University (UNU). It will focus on national efforts to address climate change and contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while respecting the Mayan vision.  

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UN-REDD Workshop Highlights Community Consent in REDD [viewed]

7 October 2010: The UN-REDD Programme held a consultation workshop with representatives of civil society organizations and indigenous peoples from Latin American and the Caribbean to facilitate the development of guidance on free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) and recourse mechanisms for national UN-REDD activities.

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UNGA Second Committee Underlines Importance of Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

6 October 2010: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) met on 6 October 2010, in New York, US, to continue and conclude its general debate, addressing, inter alia: the critical importance of deliberations on climate change, biodiversity and the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD); the need for an agreement on targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; expediting the implementation of existing climate change agreements; and new financing to help countries mitigate and adapt to its effects.

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Event: UN-REDD FPIC Workshop [viewed]

This consultation with indigenous peoples' representatives and civil society organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean is convened by the UN-REDD Programme to facilitate the development of guidance on free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) and recourse mechanisms for national UN-REDD activities.  

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CBD Workshop Highlights Biodiversity Benefits from REDD [viewed]

1 October 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the results of the Global Expert Workshop on Biodiversity Benefits of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), which convened from 20-23 September 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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