Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

ECOSOC Discusses Climate Change During Annual Substantive Segment [viewed]

© ECOSOC16 July 2009: On 14 July 2009, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) conducted a round table discussion on the theme “Towards a UN comprehensive response to the challenges of climate change” as part of its Coordination Segment, and on 15 July 2009, the Operational Activities Segment opened with a thematic panel discussion on “The current economic, food and climate change crises and their effects on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals: the role of the UN System's support to national efforts.”

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ECOSOC High-Level Segment Adopts Ministerial Declaration [viewed]

9 July 2009: The High-Level Segment of the 2009 substantive session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which met from 6-9 July 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland, concluded its consideration of current global and national trends and their impact on social development, including health, and adopted a Ministerial Declaration that highlights current and emerging challenges that are inter-twined with public health issues, including climate change.

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UNFPA Holds Workshop on Population Dynamics and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNFPA26 June 2009: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), in collaboration with the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), held a workshop from 24-25 June 2009, in London, UK, on population dynamics and climate change.

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Global Humanitarian Forum Addresses Human Impact of Climate Change [viewed]

© Global Humanitarian Forum24 June 2009: The Global Humanitarian Forum took place from 23-24 June 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, and was organized around the theme “Human Impact of Climate Change.”

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UN-REDD Programme Holds Second Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

© UN16 June 2009: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) held its second Policy Board Meeting from 14-15 June 2009, in Montreux, Switzerland.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Discusses Early Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

© UNESCO13 June 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 in developing countries (REDD). The article, titled “The Drying of the Tana Delta, Kenya,” highlights perspectives from Kenya on early impacts of climate change.

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UNHRC Holds Discussion Panel on Human Rights and Climate Change [viewed]

15 June 2009: During its 11th session, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-19 June 2009, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) held a panel discussion on the relationship between climate change and human rights in order to contribute to the realization of the goals set out in the Bali Action Plan.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Holds Panel on Climate Change and Intellectual Property [viewed]

12 June 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a panel on intellectual property rights (IPRs) and technology transfer (TT), at a side event held during the climate change talks, in Bonn, Germany.

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IOM Publishes Brief on the Interplay Among Migration, Climate Change and Environmental Degradation [viewed]

© IOM May 2009: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has issued a policy brief titled “Migration, Climate Change and the Environment,” which presents key information and analysis on the interplay between migration, climate change and environmental degradation.

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UN PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES CONSIDERS CLIMATE CHANGE AND LAND TENURE ISSUES [viewed]

About 2,000 indigenous representatives, as well as representatives of member States, civil society, academia, some 35 UN entities and other intergovernmental organizations, participated in the eighth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened from 18-29 May 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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