Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

CIFOR Publishes Book on National Strategies for REDD+ [viewed]

March 2010: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a member organization of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR),  has published a book titled "Realizing REDD+: National Strategy and Policy Options." The book draws lessons from national experiences to inform strategies and policies for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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UNU IAS Releases Article on Indigenous Peoples in the Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

7 April 2010: The latest issue of the Traditional Knowledge Bulletin, published by the Traditional Knowledge Initiative of the UN University-Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU IAS), features an article that analyzes of the outcome of the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15) and the potential priorities for indigenous peoples in 2010.

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Event: Second Africa Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the African Union Commission, the Government of Kenya and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), in collaboration with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank. This conference will be held parallel to the First Conference of Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa, organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in conjunction with the African Union Commission.

The conference on disaster risk reduction and its technical segment will aim to: discuss and adopt the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015); define a regional mechanism and the resources to coordinate, support and monitor the implementation of the Africa Strategy and Programme of Action for disaster risk reduction (2006-2010); and link the outcomes of UNFCCC COP 15 to the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015).  

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Human Rights Council Includes Climate Change in Agenda for 2010 Social Forum [viewed]

25 March 2010: The 13th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which met from 1-26 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, concluded with the adoption of 28 resolutions, including one on the organization of the Social Forum (A/HRC/13/L.16).

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UN-REDD Workshop Held in Indonesia [viewed]

1 April 2010: The implementation of UN-REDD activities in Indonesia was officially launched at the UN-REDD Inception Workshop, held from 30-31 March 2010, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Representatives of various ministries, provincial governments, and international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) discussed reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) in Indonesia and the UN Programme's activities.

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WORLD URBAN FORUM 5 DEVELOPS RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE INCLUSIVE CITIES [viewed]

The fifth World Urban Forum (WUF-5), which took place from 22-26 March 2010, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, under the theme “The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide,” was hosted by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Government of Brazil.

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HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE DISCUSSES FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT [viewed]

The Fourth High-level Dialogue of the General Assembly on Financing for Development (FfD) concluded with several references to the role of the combat of climate change in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UNGA to Consider Declaration of Support for the Yasuní-Itt Initiative [viewed]

22 March 2010: The Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN has addressed a letter to the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) dated 8 March 2010, which contains theDeclaration of Support for the Yasuní-Itt Initiative. The Declaration was adopted at the first Latin American and Caribbean Unity Summit, held in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico, on 22-23 February 2010. The letter and annex will be circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under agenda item 53 (d) (Sustainable development: protection of global climate for present and future generations).

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UNPFII to Consider Indigenous Peoples' Local Adaptation and Mitigation Measures [viewed]

April 2010: The ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which will convene in New York, US, from 19-30 April 2010, will focus on “Indigenous peoples: development with culture and identity: articles 3 and 32 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” This session will consider three reports on the implications of climate change for indigenous peoples' local adaptation and mitigation measures, namely: a report on the results of the UNFCCC Copenhagen meeting; a study on reindeer herding; and a study on the extent to which climate change policies and projects adhere to the standards set forth in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Event: Seminar on environmental migration and climate change [viewed]

This seminar is part of the UNITAR Migration and Development Series. Over 20 million people were displaced by sudden-onset climate-related disasters in 2008 alone. Estimates have suggested that between 25 million to one billion people could move as a result of climate change over the next 40 years, with 200 million being the most widely cited figure. This one-day seminar aims to present a nuanced picture of the interrelation between migratory decisions and environmental degradation, exacerbated through climate change; and bring together the migration, development, climate change and environment perspective. This seminar is designed for the members of Permanent Missions. UN staff and interested representatives of civil society and the private sector.  

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