Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

UNGA to Consider Declaration of Support for the Yasuní-Itt Initiative [viewed]

22 March 2010: The Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN has addressed a letter to the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) dated 8 March 2010, which contains theDeclaration of Support for the Yasuní-Itt Initiative. The Declaration was adopted at the first Latin American and Caribbean Unity Summit, held in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico, on 22-23 February 2010. The letter and annex will be circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under agenda item 53 (d) (Sustainable development: protection of global climate for present and future generations).

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UNPFII to Consider Indigenous Peoples' Local Adaptation and Mitigation Measures [viewed]

April 2010: The ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which will convene in New York, US, from 19-30 April 2010, will focus on “Indigenous peoples: development with culture and identity: articles 3 and 32 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” This session will consider three reports on the implications of climate change for indigenous peoples' local adaptation and mitigation measures, namely: a report on the results of the UNFCCC Copenhagen meeting; a study on reindeer herding; and a study on the extent to which climate change policies and projects adhere to the standards set forth in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Event: Seminar on environmental migration and climate change [viewed]

This seminar is part of the UNITAR Migration and Development Series. Over 20 million people were displaced by sudden-onset climate-related disasters in 2008 alone. Estimates have suggested that between 25 million to one billion people could move as a result of climate change over the next 40 years, with 200 million being the most widely cited figure. This one-day seminar aims to present a nuanced picture of the interrelation between migratory decisions and environmental degradation, exacerbated through climate change; and bring together the migration, development, climate change and environment perspective. This seminar is designed for the members of Permanent Missions. UN staff and interested representatives of civil society and the private sector.  

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Event: Ninth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues [viewed]

The ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will be organized around the theme “Indigenous peoples: development with culture and identity: articles 3 and 32 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” The Forum is expected to consider the results of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and the implications for indigenous peoples' local adaptation and mitigation measures.  

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EEA Publishes Signals 2010 [viewed]

24 March 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) released its annual publication "Signals," which focuses on "Biodiversity, Climate Change and you." This year's issue was drafted in support of the International Year of Biodiversity.

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UN-REDD Programme Board Holds Fourth Meeting [viewed]

26 March 2010: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board met for its fourth meeting from 18-19 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, and approved US$14.7 million in funding for national UN-REDD programmes in Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. This decision brings the total amount of funding for UN-REDD national programmes to US$48.3 million.

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UN-REDD Programme Releases its 2009 Year in Review Report [viewed]

18 March 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has released its inaugural Year in Review report for 2009, which reflects on the Programme's first full year in operation. The report highlights the progress of its pilot countries, the partnerships it cultivated with international partners throughout the year, and the Programme's impact in building international consensus for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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UN General Assembly Holds High-Level Dialogue on Water [viewed]

22 March 2010: To mark World Water Day, the UN General Assembly held a High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the International Decade for Action on “Water for Life” 2005-2015, and the realization of the internationally agreed water-related development goals. The Dialogue was held on 22 March 2010, and was organized around panels on: Water and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); Water, Climate Change and Disasters; and Water and Peace and Security.

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GEF Supports Study on Forest Protected Areas [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has supported a study titled “Indigenous Lands, Protected Areas, and Slowing Climate Change,” which was published in PLoS Biology. The study involved scientists from 13 different organizations and research institutions, and finds that forest protection offers one of the most effective, practical and immediate strategies to combat climate change.

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Event: 2010 World Youth Conference [viewed]

The World Youth Conference 2010 – organized by the Government of Mexico in partnership with the United Nations system and civil society organizations – aims to bring together government representatives and civil society organizations to identify priorities of action on youth, and youth policies, to be addressed before the deadline set by the international community to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.  

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