Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

UNGA Meets Informally on Refugee Crisis [viewed]

unga7019 November 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held an informal meeting on advancing a comprehensive response to the global humanitarian and refugee crisis. Participants discussed: providing protection including through third-country resettlement; ensuring adequate and predictable financing; and increasing support to receiving countries. Many said it is not possible to continue business-as-usual in humanitarian affairs, and welcomed the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit.

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UN-REDD Programme Concludes 15th Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

unredd11 November 2015: Three new National Programmes were presented by Chile, Myanmar and Peru at the 15th meeting of the UN-REDD Programme's Policy Board, held from 9-10 November 2015, in San José, Costa Rica. Support for the 2016-2020 phase of the Programme was reaffirmed by its three collaborating UN agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Climate Vulnerable Forum Issues Manila Communiqué [viewed]

Climate Vulnerable Forum11 November 2015: A meeting of 43 countries vulnerable to climate change concluded with the adoption of a call to "enshrine the critical goal of below 1.5°C together with a successive 5-year commitment cycle" in the Paris climate change agreement. The 20-member Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) convened its Sherpa Senior Officers' Meeting, with participation by 23 incoming members, to take stock of progress and prepare a common position ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Global Joint REDD+ Knowledge Exchange Day Shares Lessons and Challenges [viewed]

unredd-fcpf8 November 2015: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the UN Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) hosted the 2015 Global Joint (REDD+) Exchange Day on 8 November 2015, in San José, Costa Rica. The event was designed as a country-led South-South knowledge exchange opportunity, and was webcasted live.

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UN General Assembly Holds Informal Meeting on COP 21 [viewed]

UN logo4 November 2015: During a briefing on preparations for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) that he will actively engage Heads of State and Government in the remaining weeks before COP 21 takes place in Paris, France, saying "ultimate responsibility for success in Paris rests firmly in their hands." He urged leaders to tell negotiators that "now is the time for compromise and consensus building."

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UN Special Rapporteur: Climate Change Threatens Right to Food [viewed]

OHCHR3 November 2015: The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, has issued a press release warning that climate change poses "severe and distinct threats to food security," which, as argued in her interim report in August 2015 (A/70/287), could result in another 600 million people suffering from malnutrition by 2080.

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18th RRI Dialogue Focuses on Community Land Rights and the Role of Climate Finance [viewed]

RRI-logo29 October 2015: Focusing on the theme 'Status of Community Land Rights and the Role of Climate Finance on the Eve of the Paris Agreement,' the Rights and Resources Initiative's (RRI) 18th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change explored the implications of key 2015 developments in climate change policy and financing for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. It highlighted that the challenge is how to ensure strong links between climate financing mechanisms and efforts to secure rights to lands, territories and resources.

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Senior Arctic Officials Advance Arctic Council Agenda [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2015: The Senior Arctic Official's meeting, which convened from 20-22 October 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska, brought together senior representatives from the eight Arctic States and the Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples) to advance the work of the Arctic Council. The meeting was also the Council's first plenary meeting under US Chairmanship (2015-2017).

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GEF Council Approves Regional Programme to Protect Amazon [viewed]

GEF21 October 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has approved a “first-of-its-kind” multi-million dollar project to help protect over 80% of the Amazon and combat climate change. GEF says it will commit US$113 million for the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program, a regional programme covering Brazil, Colombia and Peru, which is expected to leverage US$682 million in additional financing over five years.

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Workshop Stresses EbA as Basis for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

CBD21 October 2015: Governments should examine ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR) to provide safety nets for communities, according to the messages of a technical workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The workshop messages were delivered at a side event to the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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