Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

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]

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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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UNESCO Launches Internet-Based Discussion Forum on Climate Change for Vulnerable Groups [viewed]

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June 2008: In an effort to

engage vulnerable groups in international debates on climate change, the UN

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Coasts and Small Islands Platform and Local

and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Programme has launched an Internet-based

discussion forum on climate change.

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UNESCO to Convene Forum on Gender Equality [viewed]

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June

2008: Women are both the most exposed

to the consequences of climate change, and the best placed to influence changes

in behaviour, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural

Organization (UNESCO). According to

UNESCO, this situation exists because women are most affected by natural

disasters while at the same time they play a key role in managing water and

fuel resources, thus wielding an essential influence for change.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Calls for Human Rights Approach to World Food Crises [viewed]

4 June 2008: Speaking at the FAO High-Level Conference on

World Food Security, which convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008, Louise

Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the food crisis is a

forceful signal “about individual human rights and the need for collective

action.” Reporting on a special session of the Human Rights Council on the food

emergency, she called for a human rights framework to analyze the causes of the

crises and “to clarify the power imbalances inside and between countries that

trigger or exacerbate the food crisis, including unfair trade practices or

skewed policies involving incentives and subsidies.”

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FAO Study: The Right to Food and the Impact of Liquid Biofuels (Agrofuels) [viewed]

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30 May 2008: This UN Food and Agriculture Organization study

examines the impact of biofuel production on the human rights to adequate food

and to be free from hunger. It was authored by Asbjørn Eide, senior fellow of the

Norwegian Center for Human Rights at the University of Oslo, and seeks to

contribute to the present discussion on soaring food prices, climate change and

biofuels.

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UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Adopts Statement on Food Crisis [viewed]

16 May 2008: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural

Rights of the UN Economic and Social Council adopted a statement on the world

food crisis, during its fortieth session on 16 May 2008. The statement

(E/C.12/2008/1) calls on all States to address the immediate causes of the food

crisis and urges them to address its structural causes at the national and

international levels, including by: “implementing strategies to combat global

climate change that do not negatively affect the right to adequate food and

freedom from hunger, but rather promote sustainable agriculture, as required by

article 2 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.”

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FAO Releases Report on Gender and Equity Issues in Liquid Biofuels Production [viewed]

Fao21 April 2008: A new FAO study warns that the rapid expansion of large-scale production of liquid biofuels in developing countries could exacerbate the marginalization of women in rural areas and threaten their livelihoods. The study, entitled "Gender and Equity Issues in Liquid Biofuels Production – Minimizing the Risks to Maximize the Opportunities," discusses the potential gender-differentiated risks of liquid biofuels production and identifies research and policy strategies to better understand and address them.

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