Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

Tenth Session of the Human Rights Council Discusses Relationship of Climate Change and Human Rights, Adopts OHCHR Report [viewed]

Photo credit, OHCHR

27 March 2009: The tenth special session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) convened from 2-27 March 2009, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland. The Council considered and endorsed the Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the relationship between climate change and human rights (A/HRC/10/61). The Council also adopted a resolution on human rights and climate change.

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UN Expert Calls for Protection for Displaced People Worldwide at Human Rights Council Session [viewed]

Internally displaced persons in Somalia

13 March 2009: Speaking at the tenth session of the Human Rights Council, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-27 March 2009, Water Kalin, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), stated that over 26 million people are estimated to have been displaced by natural disasters and conflicts worldwide.

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World Bank Meeting Considers Design of Forest Investment Program [viewed]

World Bank

6 March 2009: The second design meeting for the World Bank's Forest Investment Program (FIP), a part of its Climate Investment Framework (CIF), took place on 5-6 March 2009, in Washington DC, US.

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High-Level African Women Call for Gendered Solutions to Financial, Food and Climate Change Crises [viewed]

UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

4 March 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) organized a press conference with high-ranking African women who are attending the 53rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW53), at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The panel called for gender-specific responses, including plans and programmes to address the impacts of the financial, food and climate change crises.

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UNDP Holds Side Event on Gender and Climate Change Negotiations at CSW53 [viewed]

53rd Commission on the Status of Women

4 March 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the International Alliance of Women, IUCN, the UN Environment Programme, the Gender and Climate Change Alliance, the Heinrich Boll Foundation and the Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics, held an event on “The Climate Change Negotiations: an Action Agenda” on 3 March 2009, at UN Headquarters, in New York, US. The event was held in parallel to the 53rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW53), which is convening from 2-13 March 2009.

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UN Human Rights Council's Special Rapporteur Stresses Climate Change's Impact on Right to Adequate Housing [viewed]

UNHCHR Press Release

26 February 2009: During a visit to Maldives, from 18-25 February 2009, Raquel Rolnik, the UN Human Rights Council's Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, underlined the importance of the international community's role in supporting climate change adaptation strategies.

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UN Forum on Indigenous Issues to Co-Organize Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change [viewed]

February 2009: The Inuit Circumpolar Council, in partnership with the UN Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Chirapaq Centro de Culturas Indigenas del Peru, the International Indian Treaty Council, the Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organization, the Organization of American States, and the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, will host the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change from 20-24 April 2009, in Anchorage, Alaska.

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UNICEF's 2009 Humanitarian Action Report Highlights Effects of Climate Change on Women and Children [viewed]

A girl collects firewood in Kibati camp for the displaced in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Conflict, chronic poverty and high food prices threaten children's well-being throughout the region. © UNICEF/NYHQ2008-1186/Holt

27 January 2009: The 2009 Humanitarian Action Report was launched in Geneva, Switzerland, by UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann Veneman and UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Director Sigrid Kaag. The Report highlights the plight of children and women around the globe in humanitarian emergencies, such as conflict situations and natural disasters.

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UNHCR Warns of Climate-Induced Displacements [viewed]

High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres addresses the Security Council

8 January 2009: In an address to the UN Security Council, António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), warned of new forms of displacement, with natural disasters on the rise due to climate change.

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UN Launches Campaign on Internally Displaced Persons, Including Those Affected by Climate Change [viewed]

IDPs in North Kivu (Democratic Republic of the Congo) 18 December 2008: The UN has launched a year-long advocacy campaign to help millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs), which represent 1% of the world's population, focusing on mitigating the impact of conflict and natural disasters.

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