Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

UNDP Resource Guide on Gender and Climate Change Advocates Involving Women in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

© UNDP6 May 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a Resource Guide on Gender and Climate Change. The guide aims to inform practitioners and policy makers of the linkages between gender equality and climate change, and their importance in relation to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It makes the case for including women's voices, needs and expertise in climate change policy and programming, and demonstrates how women's contributions can strengthen the effectiveness of climate change measures.

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CBD Secretariat's April Bulletin of Activities Highlights Biodiversity and Climate Change Issues [viewed]

© CBD5 May 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued its monthly Bulletin of Activities for April 2009. Among others, the Bulletin highlights the outcomes of the meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change, held from 18-22 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland and a new publication on “Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Knowledge related to Biological Diversity and Responses to Climate Change in the Arctic Region.”

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ILO, WHO, UNIFEM and FAO Make Joint Submission to AWG-LCA [viewed]

April 2009: The International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) have submitted suggestions in the framework of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) related to development and social issues, in particular on employment and incomes, food and agriculture, gender equality, health and development.

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UN/ISDR Releases April Issue of ISDR-Highlights [viewed]

© UN/ISDR1 May 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released the April 2009 issue of its newsletter ISDR-Highlights.

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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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