Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

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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UNESCO Executive Board to Discuss Climate Change and Ethics [viewed]

© UNESCO September 2009: The Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is convening its 182nd session from 7-23 September 2009.

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UNDP Administrator Receives MDG3 Torch and Commits to Focus on Gender and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNDP1 September 2009: During a meeting with Danish Minister of Development Cooperation Ulla Toernaes, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark received a torch symbol of the Millennium Development Goal on gender equality and women empowerment (MDG3).

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Pacific Islands Forum Concludes with Call to Action on Climate Change [viewed]

© Pacific Islands Forum 6 August 2009: The 40th Pacific Islands Forum convened in Cairns, Australia, from 5-6 August 2009, and concluded with a call by Pacific leaders to action on climate change.

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UNEP Announces UNIFEM Joins Seal the Deal [viewed]

© UNEP4 August 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has joined several other UN agencies and organizations that are encouraging governments to reach an ambitious and effective global climate agreement in Copenhagen this December, by supporting the UN's “Seal the Deal!” campaign.

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