Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

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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IDB Holds Seminar on the "Route to Mexico" [viewed]

20 March 2010: On the sidelines of its annual meeting, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) held a seminar in Cancun, Mexico, on "The Route to Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities for a Global Agreement."

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Event: World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth [viewed]

The objectives of this Conference are to: analyze the structural and systemic causes that drive climate change and propose measures to ensure the well-being of all humanity in harmony with nature; discuss and agree on the project of a Universal Declaration of Mother Earth Rights; agree on proposals for new commitments to the Kyoto Protocol and projects for a COP Decision under the UNFCCC to address climate debt, climate change migrants-refugees, emission reductions, adaptation, technology transfer, finance, forests, a shared vision, and indigenous peoples; work on the organization of the World People's Referendum on Climate Change; analyze and develop an action plan to advance the establishment of a Climate Justice Tribunal; and define strategies for action and mobilization to defend life from Climate Change and to defend the Rights of Mother Earth.  

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UN Human Rights Council Considers Report on Right to Food [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee presented a "Preliminary study on discrimination in the context of the right to food" (A/HRC/13/32) for consideration by the 13th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which is meeting from 1-26 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UN Marks International Women's Day with Calls to Meet the Challenges of Development [viewed]

8 March 2010: To mark International Women's Day, UN officials stressed the need for greater empowerment of women in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and to face development challenges, including climate change.

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High Commissioner for Human Rights' Annual Report Addresses Adverse Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

4 March 2010: During the 13th session of the Human Rights Council, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1-26 March 2010, Navanethem Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, presented her report, which covers activities undertaken by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2009, including those aimed at raising awareness of the human rights implications of climate change-related effects.

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UNESCO to Hold Regional Consultations on the Advisability of a Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change [viewed]

4 March 2010: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing a series of regional expert consultations between March and May 2010, with a view to assessing the advisability of a Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change.

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UNESCO Launches International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, Highlighting Challenge Posed by Climate Change [viewed]

18 February 2010: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures and inaugurated a panel of prominent political, intellectual and religious figures from all regions entrusted with furthering peace founded on justice, respect for human rights, gender equality and solidarity in the context of the challenges posed by an increasingly globalized world, including climate change, management of resources and ethical and economic issues.

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