Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

ESCAP Creates Regional Forum to Help Develop Gender and Poverty-Sensitive Energy Policies [viewed]

Forum launched at meeting on how to bring gender perspective to national energy policies of developing countries 4 November 2008: At the conclusion of the High Level

Regional Policy Meeting on Networking Towards Gender and Poverty Sensitive

Energy Policies, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-4 November 2008,

the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA), in

cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and

the Pacific (ESCAP), launched the Policy Innovation Forum. The Forum aims to

help provide women and the poor with reliable access to energy.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Addresses Gender Dimensions of Climate Change [viewed]

UNWTO 31 October 2008: At the Conference for Women Leaders,

co-sponsored by the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Gender Equality and the UN

World Tourism Organization ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty)

Foundation, held on 31 October 2008, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Asha Rose Migiro highlighted the burden of climate change on women and the need

to work towards gender equality, including in decision-making.

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CBD Secretariat Posts List of Participants to Receive Funding for Participation in Indigenous Peoples' Consultation on REDD [viewed]

17 October 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN University's

Traditional Knowledge Initiative and Tebtebba, has announced the beneficiaries

of financial assistance for participation in the Global Indigenous Peoples'

Consultation on Potential Impacts of “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and

Forest Degradation (REDD)” on Indigenous and Local Communities (12-14 November

2008, Baguio City, Philippines).

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FAO, IFAD and World Bank Release Sourcebook on Gender in Agriculture [viewed]

Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook15 October 2008: The newly released Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook investigates the situation of women in the rural workforce and how some of the challenges they face can be overcome. Developed in cooperation between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank, the sourcebook is intended to be used both as a reference and as a tool book for agricultural development. It also addresses cross-cutting issues, including gender dimensions of climate change and bioenergy.

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Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance to Focus on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

October 2008: The Third Global Congress of Women in Politics

and Governance will convene in Manila, Philippines, from 19-22 October 2008,

with a focus on gender in climate change and disaster risk reduction.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Presents Report on Human Rights Framework for Food Security [viewed]

Skyrocketing prices continue to threaten the right to food, UN expert Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food says 10 September 2008: Presenting his latest report to the Human

Rights Council in Geneva, Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the

Right to Food, said rising food prices continue to jeopardize the right to

food, stressing that “any potential solution to the problem must be viewed

through the lens of human rights.”

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UNPFII Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples' Issues Available [viewed]

Resource Kit on Indigenous People 27 August 2008: This toolkit is aimed at UN Country Teams

and other development agents, to provide guidance on how to engage indigenous

peoples and include their perspectives in development processes.

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World Bank Launches Film Contest on the Social Aspects of Climate Change [viewed]

Vulnerability Exposed: Social Dimensions of Climate Change

25 August 2008: The World Bank launched a worldwide

documentary competition that will highlight the social aspects of climate

change as experienced and/or observed by the film-maker(s).

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FAO Highlights Indigenous Peoples' Role in Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

World day highlights fundamental role of indigenous peoples in food security 8 August 2008: On the eve of the International Day for the World's Indigenous Peoples, which is celebrated on 9 August, Regina Laub, the

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focal point for Indigenous Peoples,

noted that climate change and limited land rights increasingly threaten

indigenous peoples' livelihoods.

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ECOSOC Addresses Gender Aspects of Climate Change [viewed]

23 July

2008: Opening the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussion on ‘mainstreaming

a gender perspective into all UN policies and programmes, women and

development, and the advancement of women,' Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, noted the particular vulnerability of

women to climate change and the food crisis.

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