Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

UN PFII to Consider Climate Change Policies' Compliance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples' Standards [viewed]

© UN PFIIApril 2009: The seventh session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UN PFII), which took place from 21 April-2 May 2008, on the theme of “Climate change, biocultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role report of indigenous peoples and new challenges,” recommended the preparation of a report on whether climate change policies and projects adhere to the standards set forth in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The nominated UN PFII special rapporteurs, Hassan Id Balkassm and Paimaneh Hasteh, have prepared a concept note for this study, which seeks to capture the concerns expressed by indigenous peoples at being excluded from the development of national policies and programmes on climate change and from participating in the international dialogue under the UNFCCC (E/C.19/2009/5). The concept note, which recommends a set of issues to be addressed in the report, will be considered by the eighth session of the UN PFII to be held at UN Headquarters, New York, US, from 18-29 May 2009.

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UN-HABITAT Governing Council Addresses Impact of Climate Change on the Promotion of Affordable Housing [viewed]

30 March 2009: The 22nd Session of the UN Human Settlements Programme Governing Council (UN-HABITAT GC 22) opened on 30 March 2009, at UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The week-long session's main theme is promoting affordable housing finance systems in an urbanizing world in the face of the global financial crisis and climate change.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Local Participation in REDD [viewed]

27 March 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, the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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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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