Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

High Commissioner for Human Rights' Annual Report Addresses Adverse Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

4 March 2010: During the 13th session of the Human Rights Council, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1-26 March 2010, Navanethem Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, presented her report, which covers activities undertaken by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2009, including those aimed at raising awareness of the human rights implications of climate change-related effects.

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UNESCO to Hold Regional Consultations on the Advisability of a Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change [viewed]

4 March 2010: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing a series of regional expert consultations between March and May 2010, with a view to assessing the advisability of a Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change.

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UNESCO Launches International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, Highlighting Challenge Posed by Climate Change [viewed]

18 February 2010: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures and inaugurated a panel of prominent political, intellectual and religious figures from all regions entrusted with furthering peace founded on justice, respect for human rights, gender equality and solidarity in the context of the challenges posed by an increasingly globalized world, including climate change, management of resources and ethical and economic issues.

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WHO Publishes Draft Discussion Paper on Gender, Climate Change and Health [viewed]

February 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a draft discussion paper titled “Gender, climate change and health.”

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UNFPA Releases Report on Young People and Climate Change [viewed]

November 2009:  As part of its flagship publication, the State of the World Population Report, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has released the fourth edition of the youth supplement, which focuses on young people and climate change.

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UN Commission for Social Development Chair Highlights the Compounding Effect of Climate Change on Social Exclusion [viewed]

3 February 2010:  During a press conference, the Chair of the UN Commission for Social Development, Leslie Kojo Christian, highlighted that the 48th annual session of the Commission for Social Development, which will run from 3-12 February 2010, in New York, US, will focus on social integration as a priority theme.

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UNPFII Report Highlights Increased Vulnerability to Climate Change Among Indigenous Communities [viewed]

18 January 2010: The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) has released the State of the World's Indigenous Peoples' Report, which highlights that indigenous peoples are among the first to feel the impacts of climate change even though their lifestyles are practically carbon neutral.

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UNIFEM Launches Fund to Empower Women [viewed]

unifem_logo11 January 2010: The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has launched the Fund for Gender Equality, which will provide grants to support initiatives worldwide to empower women and to promote their political participation and property rights.

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CBD Bulletin Outlines CBD Activities in Copenhagen [viewed]

Cbd11 January 2010: The December 2009 Monthly Bulletin of Activities of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) includes an overview of CBD activities during the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, which took place in December 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE DAYS HIGHLIGHT KEY ISSUES [viewed]

The “Development and Climate Days at COP 15” event took place at The Concert House in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 11-14 December 2009.

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