Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

UNEP Annual Report Highlights 2013 Achievements [viewed]

UNEPMarch 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published its annual report for 2013, which focuses on UNEP's achievements in key focus areas: climate change; disasters and conflicts; ecosystem management; environmental governance; harmful substances and hazardous waste; resource efficiency; and sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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ITPGR Launches Third Call for Proposals Under Benefit-sharing Fund [viewed]

ITPGR7 March 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has launched its third call for project proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. The focus of the call is to provide financial resources for targeted projects that support farmers' activities for climate change adaptation, as well as the co-development and transfer of technologies.

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Event: Joint Meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

This joint meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP), titled 'Available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation,' will seek to address questions related to these two themes. On indigenous and traditional knowledge, the meeting will address: best practices, trends, needs and limitations in the use of indigenous, traditional and local knowledge and practices; collecting, evaluating and disseminating such knowledge and practices for use by local, national and international adaptation practitioners; integrating such knowledge and practices with scientific knowledge in adaptation planning and implementation; and effectively engaging holders of indigenous, traditional and local knowledge and practices in the adaptation process. Regarding gender‐sensitive approaches and tools, the meeting will explore, inter alia: existing gender‐sensitive tools and approaches that can enhance understanding and assess impacts, vulnerability and adaptation; and how to integrate such approaches and tools across adaptation processes and ensure that adaptation initiatives are gender sensitive.  

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UNFCCC Releases Workshop Report on Adaptation of Agriculture Sector [viewed]

UNFCCC14 March 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has released a report on an in-session workshop on the current state of scientific knowledge on means of enhancing the adaptation of agriculture to climate change impacts, while promoting rural development, sustainable development and productivity of agricultural systems and food security, particularly in developing countries.

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Human Rights Council Hears Statements on the Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

UN Human Rights3 March 2014: The 25th session of the Human Rights Council opened with high-level statements expressing concern regarding the situation in a number of countries and regions around the world, and outlining some of the efforts countries are undertaking in the promotion and protection of human rights. A number of statements highlighted the linkages between human rights and climate change.

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Event: 3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy [viewed]

The Third UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will meet under the theme of 'Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime'. It will bring together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge regarding themes that are at the nexus of human rights and the environment, including: whether constitutional environmental rights are a driver for environmental policy-making; human rights and environmental justice cases from countries and the field; why and how procedural environmental rights matter; human rights, environment and corporate responsibility; and effective participation of civil society and vulnerable groups. The outcomes and conclusions are expected to contribute to: discussions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a post-2015 development agenda; negotiations of a future climate change regime; the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment (UNIEHRE). Yale and UNITAR are organizing the conference, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UNIEHRE.  

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UN-REDD Supports Indigenous Peoples Participation in REDD+ in Peru [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeJanuary 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the results of targeted support to strengthen the participation of indigenous peoples in REDD+ in Peru.

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UNESCO Outlines SIDS 2006-2013 Activities [viewed]

UNESCO13 February 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a 40-page booklet, titled 'Islands of the Future – Building resilience in a changing world,' which outlines UNESCO's activities in small island developing States (SIDS), covering the period from 2006-2013.

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Bioversity Releases Seeds for Needs Policy Briefs [viewed]

seedsforneedJanuary 2014: Bioversity International has released policy briefs from its Seeds for Needs project, which seeks to combine climate change scenarios with information on crop diversity to better understand autonomous and planned adaptation strategies in the face of climate change.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Stakeholder Engagement [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeDecember 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the November 2013 issue of its newsletter, which highlights support for the development of country approaches to REDD+ safeguards through the establishment of the UN-REDD Safeguards Coordination Group.

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