Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

UN-REDD Releases Third Newsletter [viewed]

Un-reddOctober 2009: The UN-REDD Programme has published the third issue of its newsletter, featuring news on: five new countries that joined the UN-REDD Programme; the first regional consultation between indigenous peoples' organizations from Asia and the Pacific and the UN-REDD Programme; and the Democratic Republic of the Congo's request for funding of a Congo Basin approach for monitoring, reporting and verification.

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UNHCR Stresses that Climate Change Increases the Complexity of Humanitarian Action [viewed]

Un3 November 2009: In an address to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly (social, humanitarian and cultural issues), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)  Antonio Guterres highlighted that mega-trends are causing humanitarian crises to multiply and to deepen.

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UNDG Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples' Issues Highlight Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

UNDG Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples' Issues

October 2009: Now available in English, Spanish and French, the UN Development Group's (UNDG) Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples' Issues call for indigenous peoples' full participation in the definition and implementation of policies and plans related to climate change impact mitigation.

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ECA, UNEP and UNDP Organize Gender and Climate Sensitization Training Workshop [viewed]

© UNECA19 October 2009: Participants at a three-day sensitization training on gender and climate change resolved to encourage political leaders and African lead negotiators to integrate gender issues into the climate change negotiations ahead of COP 15 in Copenhagen. The training, which was part of the implementation of the Nairobi Declaration of the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment, was organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with the collaboration of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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UNHCR Reviews its Role in Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

© UNHCROctober 2009: The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has released a fact sheet on the involvement, challenges and responses that the organization is facing in addressing the impacts of climate change.

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Climate Change Impacts and Threats [viewed]

© UN General Assembly19 October 2009: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) participated, on 19 October, in a panel discussion focused on “Climate Change: Impacts and Threats,” based on the Secretary-General's report “Climate Change and its Possible Security Implications.” The event was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) under the auspices of the Second Committee.

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African Experts Refining Position for Copenhagen [viewed]

© UNECA19 October 2009: The Second Technical Meeting of the African high-level expert panel and negotiators on climate change has opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a view to updating the African common negotiating position for Copenhagen. The meeting is organized by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and the African Union, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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EU-Sponsored Meeting Discusses UN Secretary-General's Report on Climate Change and Security [viewed]

© EU Swedish Presidency16 October 2009: During a conference on “Environment, Climate Change and Security – Facing the Challenges,” which took place in Stockholm, Sweden, on 15 October 2009, and was organized by the Swedish Presidency of the European Union (EU), Swedish State Secretary Joakim Stymne identified six areas for urgent action concerning the security risks posed by climate change.

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UNFPA Toolkit Focuses on Women, Population and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNFPA, WEDO14 October 2009: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), together with the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), has launched a resource kit on climate change connections, focusing on gender and population and advocating that women are uniquely positioned as innovators, educators, caretakers, leaders and agents of change to address the risks of a changing climate.

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Bioversity International to Chart Agrobiodiversity-Based Adaptation [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO October 2009: Bioversity International's Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research project on climate change is collecting information about initiatives on adaptation to climate change based on the use of agrobiodiversity.

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