Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

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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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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