Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

Global Landscapes Forum Reports on Successes and Outcomes [viewed]

CIFOR9 June 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the report of the first Global Landscapes Forum. The report focuses on four themes: investing in sustainable landscapes, landscape policy and governance, synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation, and landscapes for food security and nutrition.

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Newsletter Features Global Round-up of UN-REDD Activities [viewed]

FAO UNREDDJune 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the second edition of its 2014 newsletter, highlighting the release of the updated database on emissions from land use. The FAOSTAT database, developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), includes data on emissions from agriculture and forestry as well as other sectors affecting land use. 

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Event: Second Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Conference [viewed]

The Second Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Conference will take place under the theme ‘Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability,' with an emphasis on science as a tool to address hazard risks and sustainable development. Plenaries and break-out sessions will discuss challenges in implementing integrated disaster risk research as well as inter-organisational collaboration and policy issues, using examples from global and local contexts. Plenary sessions will focus on: the role of science in the 2015 agenda; water; science and the media; and resiliency and reconstruction. More than ten breakout sessions will take place, including ones on: community disaster reduction; empowering local officials; and indigenous and vulnerable populations. A special session will address earth observations for disaster risk reduction in developing countries. The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme and the Chinese Academy of Sciences are organizing the conference in collaboration with a number of partners, including the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).  

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DRC Launches REDD+ University [viewed]

cbfp28 May 2014: The REDD+ National Coordination Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) convened the first REDD+ University for a hundred participants representing government organizations, civil society, local communities and indigenous peoples.

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UN-REDD Announces Partnership for Community-based REDD+ [viewed]

Smallgrants15 May 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) launched a partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) small grants programme (SGP) in support of community based REDD+. The objective of the partnership is to enable indigenous peoples and local communities to effectively participate in the design, implementation and assessment of REDD+ projects and programmes.

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Peru Holds First Latin American Civil Society Dialogue Ahead of COP 20 [viewed]

cop2014 May 2014: As part of preparations for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, the Government of Peru organized the first session of its 'Dialogue between the Next Presidency of the COP 20/CMP 10 and Latin American Civil Society.' UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and Peru's Minister of the Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal spoke with Latin American civil society organizations (CSOs) about their expectations for COP 20.

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Event: Nansen Initiative Regional Consultation on Natural Hazards, Climate Change and Cross-border Displacement in the Greater Horn of Africa: Protecting People on the Move [viewed]

This Nansen Initiative Regional Consultation on 'Natural Hazards, Climate Change, and Cross-border Displacement in the Greater Horn of Africa: Protecting People on the Move' will explore the issue of cross-border displacement as a result of disasters in the region. The event is being hosted by the Government of Kenya and will bring together representatives of governments, regional organizations, such as the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), UN agencies, Red Cross Societies, community- and faith-based organizations, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders working on issues related to displacement, disaster risk reduction (DRR), disaster management, climate change adaptation, human rights and migration. The Consultation will begin with a technical workshop, followed by a dialogue on the workshop's outcomes and agreement for follow-up. The objectives of the Consultation are to: increase knowledge regarding displacement and human mobility dynamics in the region; identify challenges related to disasters and displacement; and develop concrete outcomes to enhance the region's preparedness and response to these challenges. An outcome document is expected to identify common displacement challenges in the context of disasters and climate change in region and recommendations on how to address them. The Nansen Initiative is a State-led consultative process intended to build consensus on developing a protection agenda addressing the needs of people displaced across international borders by natural disasters, including those linked to the impacts of climate change. In 2015, outcomes from the five Nansen Initiative regional consultations will be jointly addressed during a global intergovernmental meeting, where elements of a proposed “protection agenda” addressing cross-border displacement in the context of disasters will be discussed.  

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ECLAC Proposes Compacts for Equality and Sustainable Development [viewed]

ECLAC5 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) proposed to the biennial session of the Commission six "social compacts" on equality and development covering fiscal policy, investment, industrial policy, inclusive financing, labor reform, public services, environmental sustainability and natural resource governance. 

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UNFCCC Reports on Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge for Adaptation [viewed]

UNFCCC8 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a meeting report on available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.11), which includes a summary of recommendations identified by participants for further consideration.

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US Releases Third National Climate Assessment [viewed]

USA Flag6 May 2014: The US Global Change and Research Program (USGCRP) released the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), which, to date, is the most “comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on US climate change impacts ever generated.” The report, a key deliverable of US President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat but is currently occuring and has immediate impacts, and that most of the warming over the past 50 years is due to human activities.

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