Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

UN-REDD Activities Support Safeguarding Multiple Forest Benefits [viewed]

7 June 2010: The UN-REDD Programme is supporting countries in their efforts to ensure that biodiversity and social safeguards are being met when implementing mechanisms for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+).

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Oslo Meeting Reaches Agreement on Financing and Quick-Start Measures for REDD [viewed]

27 May 2010: Representatives of 50 countries met in Oslo, Norway, on 27 May 2010, to conclude an agreement on financing and a framework to rapidly operationalize measures for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Countries also pledged almost US$4 billion to quick-start implementation between 2010-2012.

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Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Highlights Rapid Changes for Arctic Flora and Fauna [viewed]

27 May 2010: A new report synthesizing scientific findings on the status and trends for selected biodiversity in the Arctic indicates that unique Arctic habitats for flora and fauna, including sea ice, tundra, lakes and peatlands, have been disappearing over recent decades, and some characteristic Arctic species have shown a decline. Changes in Arctic biodiversity have global repercussions and are further creating challenges for people living in the Arctic.

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Africa Progress Panel Report 2010 Released [viewed]

25 May 2010: Africa Progress Panel members Kofi Annan, Peter Eigen, Linah Mohohlo and Olusegun Obasanjo launched the Africa Progress Report 2010 on 25 May 2010, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The publication analyzes the continent's progress and issues recommendations regarding climate change, among other issues, to African leaders and the continent's international partners. 

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UN-REDD Newsletter Outlines Recent REDD+ Activities [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter- 7th issue26 May 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has released its May 2010 Newsletter, which highlights many recent activities and publications on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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UN OHCHR Releases 2009 Annual Report on Activities [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) has released its annual report, which covers activities and major results achieved in 2009 concerning the implementation of the 2008-2009 Strategic Management Plan. The report notes that OHCHR's support contributed to increased recognition and acceptance of the human rights implications of climate change and the linkages between human rights and environment.

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EU-Latin America and Caribbean Summit Adopts Madrid Declaration and Action Plan [viewed]

18 May 2010: The VI EU-Latin America and Carribean (LAC) Summit of Heads of State and Government took place on 18 May 2010, in Madrid, Spain, and concluded with the adoption of a Madrid Declaration and Action Plan for 2010-2012.

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UNDP Supports Recording of Climate Change Impacts in Samoa [viewed]

13 May 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing support through the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme Initiative to indigenous communities to record the impacts of climate change on their habitat. The videos produced will aim to support climate resilience and grassroots actions for policy change. 

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Event: UNCTAD Public Symposium 2010 [viewed]

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Public Symposium will hold special breakout sessions on improving food security in the face of climate change and how to bridge climate justice with the global economic reform agendas.  

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SIDS Day at CSD 18 Discusses Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy [viewed]

10 May 2010: On 10 May 2010, delegates at the 18th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18) considered the CSD 18 thematic topics as they relate to small island developing States (SIDS) and conducted a review of the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Plan of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS (PrepCom for MSI+5).

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