Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

UN-REDD Programme Publishes September Newsletter [viewed]

© UN-REDD September 2009: The UN-REDD Programme published the second issue of its newsletter, featuring news on the UN high-level event on forests and climate change, a commentary on REDD and indigenous peoples' engagement in Africa, and reports on a technical meeting on forest degradation and a measuring, reporting and verification meeting, both held in September 2009, in Rome, Italy.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Greater Role of Women in Climate Change Decision-Making [viewed]

24 September 2009: In a message to the high-level event on “Peace and Security through Women's Leadership: Acting on 1325 and Climate Change,” organized in New York by Finland and Liberia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on UN member States to give women a greater say in addressing climate change challenges as equal partners in global discussions.

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UNU-IAS Launches Site on REDD and Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

© UNU-IASSeptember 2009: The United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) Traditional Knowledge Initiative has recently re-launched the REDD Site, part of a pilot project on promoting the effective participation of indigenous peoples in processes for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).

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AOSIS Summit Reviews Negotiations, Adopts Declaration [viewed]

© SIDSNet22 September 2009: The AOSIS Climate Change Summit was held in New York, on 21 September 2009, to set a course for AOSIS negotiators in the final months of talks on a post-2012 agreement.

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WFP Initiative Targets Women Vulnerable to Climate Change [viewed]

Looding forces Samya Begum has to abandon her home every year - © WFP/Natasha Scripture21 September 2009: Vulnerable Group Development is a joint programme between the World Food Programme (WFP), the Government of Bangladesh and local NGOs, which provides monthly rations of flour and “life-skills” training to vulnerable women primarily in disaster-prone areas.

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UN Global Climate Week: Activities Start in Hamburg [viewed]

© UNEP19 September 2009: The first “Global Climate Week” was launched on 19 September 2009, in Hamburg, Germany, initiating a week of synchronised activity around the world to encourage urgent action to combat climate change. Global Climate Week officially runs from 21-25 September 2009, involving activities by corporations, community groups and individuals around the world. It coincides with the Summit on Climate Change that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host on 22 September 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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ECOWAS Conference Calls for Human Rights Approach to Climate Change [viewed]

© ECOWAS17 September 2009: The Regional Conference on Protection Challenges to Climate Change in West Africa, held from 14-16 September 2009, in Lomé, Togo, called for broader consideration of the social impacts of climate change through a human rights- based approach.

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IDB Releases New Version of Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard [viewed]

© IDB11 September 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has released a new version of its Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, which will enable users to better anticipate the impacts of potential biofuel projects on sensitive issues such as indigenous rights, carbon emissions from land use change, and food security.

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EU Environmental Ministers Call for Stronger Links between REDD, Biodiversity and Development [viewed]

11 September 2009: Environmental ministers and senior officials of the European Union met in Strömstad, Sweden, with a view to contributing to the revision of the Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) after 2010. At the High-level Meeting entitled “Visions for Biodiversity Beyond 2010 – People, Ecosystems and the Climate Crisis,” held on 7-9 September 2009, participants endorsed a target to halt global forest cover loss by 2030 and to reduce gross tropical deforestation by at least 50% by 2020 compared to current levels.

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DSD Posts Submissions for Secretary-General's Report on Climate Change and Possible Security Implications [viewed]

10 September 2009: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), has posted member States' submissions of input towards the Secretary-General's report on Climate Change and Possible Security Implications.

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