Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

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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UN Secretary-General and Bolivian President Morales Discuss Recent Conference [viewed]

7 May 2010: The UN Secretary-General recently met with Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma and representatives from civil society organizations that participated in the People's World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, which convened in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 19-22 April 2010.

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UNPFII Urges Development Models Based on Indigenous Values [viewed]

The ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened from 19-30 April 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, considered economic and social issues and their impacts, including the financial crisis, climate change, forests and the actions of multinational corporations, among other issues.

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UNDP Promotes Energy Access for the Poor through Multifunctional Platforms [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the Government of Burkina Faso to promote access to energy as a key component of poverty reduction. The initiative includes the installation of multifunctional platforms, powered by a diesel engine.

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UNPFII 9 Calls for Development Models Based on Indigenous Values, Cultures and Identities [viewed]

30 April 2010: The ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened from 19-30 April 2010, at  UN Headquarters in New York, US, considered economic and social issues and their impacts, including the financial crisis, climate change, forests and the actions of multinational corporations, among other issues.

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UNESCO's “Climate Frontlines” Forum Discusses the Impact of Frozen Pastures on Herding Communities [viewed]

26 April 2010: The latest issue of “Climate Frontlines,” a global forum on the internet for indigenous peoples, small islands and vulnerable communities sponsored by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), features an article on the growing role of climate change in accelerating desertification and accentuating winter conditions for herding communities.

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UNPFII Considers Reports on Climate Change Policies [viewed]

26 April 2010: The Ninth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is taking place in New York, US, from 19-30 April 2010, around the theme “Development with Culture and Identity.” In his opening statement, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, underlined that indigenous cultures, languages and ways of life are under constant threat from climate change, armed conflict, lack of educational opportunities and discrimination.

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