Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

Event: 2010 Social Forum on Climate Change and Human Rights [viewed]

The Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) will host the 2010 Social Forum on Climate Change and Human Rights, which will address: the adverse effects of climate change on the full enjoyment of human rights, including the right to life and economic, social and cultural rights; measures and actions to address the impact of climate change on the full enjoyment of human rights at the local, national, regional and international levels, including on most vulnerable groups, particularly women and children; and international assistance and cooperation in addressing the human rights related impact of climate change. The Forum is aimed to provide a dialogue avenue for NGOs to communicate with Human Rights Council (HRC) member States. The participants will include HRC member States, NGOs, UN agencies and academia representatives.  

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CIFOR Publishes Report on Reducing Forestry Emissions in Indonesia [viewed]

August 2010: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has published a report titled "Reducing Forestry Emissions in Indonesia," which  stresses that forest conversion must cease for Indonesia to achieve emissions reductions through forestry, since expanding plantations alone will not suffice.

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UN-REDD Recounts Recent Activities Related to Governance [viewed]

10 August 2010: In its latest media release, the UN-REDD Programme highlights several recent governance-related activities, describing the Programme's engagement of partners on governance issues and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) at conferences around the world.

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UNICEF Report Focuses on Climate Impacts on Children in Kenya [viewed]

August 2010: The UK Committee for UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and UNICEF Kenya have released a report titled "Climate Change in Kenya: Focus on Children." 

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Guyana and Norway Establish Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund [viewed]

13 July 2010: The President of Guyana and Prime Minister of Norway announced the establishment of the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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UNDP Publishes Guidebook on Gender and Community-Based Adaptation [viewed]

July 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a guidebook titled "Gender, Climate Change, and Community-Based Adaptation," which aims to ensure that community-based adaptation projects contribute to the achievement of gender equality and women's empowerment by integrating a gendered perspective into programming and project design.

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UNDP and Botswana Promote Solar Energy [viewed]

13 July 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Botswana, through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is introducing alternative fuels and solar power to reduce carbon emissions to bring sustainable solutions to environmental and health problems, in addition to saving time for women and girls by reducing the time needed to collect wood.

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Security Mobility Initiative Advocates Adaptation Strategy for African Pastoralists [viewed]

29 June 2010: The Security Mobility Initiative has released a report titled "Advocating for Safe Movement as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Pastoralists in the Horn and East Africa."

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UN-REDD Supports Governance Systems for REDD+ [viewed]

2 July 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has provided an overview of activities undertaken to support improvement of national governance systems for the successful implementation of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks ( REDD+).

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UN-REDD Approves US$8.7 Million for REDD+ Readiness [viewed]

2 July 2010: The UN-REDD Programme's Policy Board approved an additional US$8.7 million to fund global activities aimed at supporting national REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks) readiness.

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