Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

UNPFII to Consider Climate Change Policies and Projects' Adherence to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples' Standards [viewed]

© UNPFIIMay 2009: During its eighth session, scheduled to convene from 18-29 May 2009, at the UN Headquarters in New York, US, the UN Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will consider a concept note 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. The Forum will also consider the response from the UNFCCC Secretariat regarding two recommendations on indigenous peoples and climate change adopted during the seventh session of the UNPFII (E/C.19/2008/13), which was held from 21 April-2 May 2008.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Organizes NWP Workshop on Economic Resilience [viewed]

A group shot of the workshop participants.4 May 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a Technical Workshop on Increasing Economic Resilience to Climate Change and Reducing Reliance on Vulnerable Economic Sectors through Economic Diversification, which met from 28-30 April 2009, in Cairo, Egypt. The workshop was convened under the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP).

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UN Backed Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change Ends with Declaration Calling for Fossil Fuel Phase-Out [viewed]

© Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change24 April 2009: The Indigenous People's Global Summit on Climate Change, hosted by the Inuit Circumpolar Council, convened from 20-24 April 2009, in Anchorage, Alaska. The Summit was supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the UN University (UNU), the Northern Forum and other international organizations, and attracted nearly 500 indigenous representatives, from 5,000 distinct indigenous groups across 80 nations, to discuss how to integrate indigenous views, policies, traditional values and visions into the global response to the challenges of climate change.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Complexities of Deforestation and Indigenous Rights [viewed]

© On the Frontlines of Climate Change21 April 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched 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), has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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Deputy Secretary-General Links Gender, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change [viewed]

© UN20 April 2009: In a statement delivered to the International Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro highlighted links between the issues of gender, disaster risk reduction, climate change and poverty reduction. The Conference, which was organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UN/ISDR), convened from 20-22 April 2009, in Beijing, China.

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UN Secretary-General at Summit of the Americas Outlines Impacts of Climate Change on the Region [viewed]

© Fifth Summit of the Americas18 April 2009: In an address to the Fifth Summit of the Americas, taking place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon referred to the impact of climate change on the Americas, from the shrinking glaciers in the Andes to deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and the rising sea levels endangering the small islands of the Caribbean.

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UN/ISDR to Explore Gender Aspect of Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

© UN/ISDR17 April 2009: The International Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction, opening on 20 April 2009, in Beijing, China, will explore how women and men can participate equally in driving early warning systems, risk assessments, preparedness exercises and national and local plans to implement disaster risk reduction policies. According to the UN unit on risk reduction, men and women need to work together as equal partners to protect their communities against disasters, particularly as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of storms, floods and cyclones.

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UN PFII to Consider Climate Change Policies' Compliance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples' Standards [viewed]

© UN PFIIApril 2009: The seventh session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UN PFII), which took place from 21 April-2 May 2008, on the theme of “Climate change, biocultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role report of indigenous peoples and new challenges,” recommended the preparation of a report on whether climate change policies and projects adhere to the standards set forth in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The nominated UN PFII special rapporteurs, Hassan Id Balkassm and Paimaneh Hasteh, have prepared a concept note for this study, which seeks to capture the concerns expressed by indigenous peoples at being excluded from the development of national policies and programmes on climate change and from participating in the international dialogue under the UNFCCC (E/C.19/2009/5). The concept note, which recommends a set of issues to be addressed in the report, will be considered by the eighth session of the UN PFII to be held at UN Headquarters, New York, US, from 18-29 May 2009.

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UN-HABITAT Governing Council Addresses Impact of Climate Change on the Promotion of Affordable Housing [viewed]

30 March 2009: The 22nd Session of the UN Human Settlements Programme Governing Council (UN-HABITAT GC 22) opened on 30 March 2009, at UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The week-long session's main theme is promoting affordable housing finance systems in an urbanizing world in the face of the global financial crisis and climate change.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Local Participation in REDD [viewed]

27 March 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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