Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

OHCHR Calls for a Human Rights Approach to Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

A human rights approach to tackling climate change

December 2008: As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2008, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has stressed that a wide range of universally recognized rights – such as the right to food, to adequate housing and water, and to life – are under threat due to climate change. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the Poznań Climate Change Conference to take into account the human rights impacts of climate change, and to protect the most vulnerable people.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for Greater Involvement of Women in Decision-Making Processes in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro 21 November 2008: UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, in an address to the Sixth African Development Forum, emphasized that, while many African countries have experienced economic growth in recent years, glaring gender disparities remain.

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Global Gender and Climate Alliance Meeting Discusses Support to Women to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change [viewed]

20 November 2008: A press conference on issues relating to

gender and climate change was held on 20 November 2008, at UN Headquarters, New

York, US, to recap a two-day meeting organized by the Global Gender and Climate

Alliance (GGCA) on how women could receive financial support for their

activities to mitigate or adapt to climate change.

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CBD Executive Secretary Highlights Indigenous Peoples' Opportunities to Contribute to Climate Change Solutions [viewed]

United Nations University - Institute of Advanced Studies 12 November 2008: In

an address to the Global Indigenous Peoples Consultation on Reducing Emissions

from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), taking place from 12-14

November 2008, in Baguio City, the Philippines, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention

on Biological Diversity (CBD), highlighted the opportunity for indigenous and

local communities to contribute to the formation and implementation of possible

solutions to climate change, such as REDD schemes, to ensure that their

traditional knowledge, rights and biological diversity are protected and

enhanced in the process.

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ESCAP Creates Regional Forum to Help Develop Gender and Poverty-Sensitive Energy Policies [viewed]

Forum launched at meeting on how to bring gender perspective to national energy policies of developing countries 4 November 2008: At the conclusion of the High Level

Regional Policy Meeting on Networking Towards Gender and Poverty Sensitive

Energy Policies, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-4 November 2008,

the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA), in

cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and

the Pacific (ESCAP), launched the Policy Innovation Forum. The Forum aims to

help provide women and the poor with reliable access to energy.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Addresses Gender Dimensions of Climate Change [viewed]

UNWTO 31 October 2008: At the Conference for Women Leaders,

co-sponsored by the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Gender Equality and the UN

World Tourism Organization ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty)

Foundation, held on 31 October 2008, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Asha Rose Migiro highlighted the burden of climate change on women and the need

to work towards gender equality, including in decision-making.

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CBD Secretariat Posts List of Participants to Receive Funding for Participation in Indigenous Peoples' Consultation on REDD [viewed]

17 October 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN University's

Traditional Knowledge Initiative and Tebtebba, has announced the beneficiaries

of financial assistance for participation in the Global Indigenous Peoples'

Consultation on Potential Impacts of “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and

Forest Degradation (REDD)” on Indigenous and Local Communities (12-14 November

2008, Baguio City, Philippines).

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FAO, IFAD and World Bank Release Sourcebook on Gender in Agriculture [viewed]

Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook15 October 2008: The newly released Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook investigates the situation of women in the rural workforce and how some of the challenges they face can be overcome. Developed in cooperation between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank, the sourcebook is intended to be used both as a reference and as a tool book for agricultural development. It also addresses cross-cutting issues, including gender dimensions of climate change and bioenergy.

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Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance to Focus on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

October 2008: The Third Global Congress of Women in Politics

and Governance will convene in Manila, Philippines, from 19-22 October 2008,

with a focus on gender in climate change and disaster risk reduction.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Presents Report on Human Rights Framework for Food Security [viewed]

Skyrocketing prices continue to threaten the right to food, UN expert Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food says 10 September 2008: Presenting his latest report to the Human

Rights Council in Geneva, Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the

Right to Food, said rising food prices continue to jeopardize the right to

food, stressing that “any potential solution to the problem must be viewed

through the lens of human rights.”

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