Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

LPAA Forest Event Features Commitments to Protect and Restore Forests [viewed]

lpaa1 December 2015: A special event on forests, held as part of the Paris Climate Change Conference and under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), showcased partnerships, commitments and implementation strategies to protect and restore forests, and endorsed them as a key climate solution. The LPAA is a joint undertaking of the Peruvian and French Presidencies of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, the Office of the UN Secretary-General and the UNFCCC Secretariat.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Opens with Financial Pledges at Leaders Event [viewed]

iisdrs_cop2130 November 2015: Heads of State and Government attending the Leaders Event on the first day of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) addressed, inter alia: the inclusion of gender for ensuring climate justice; the importance of differentiation; the legal form of the agreement; the periodicity of the review process; transparency and accountability rules; whether or not to anchor loss and damage in a permanent mechanism; the role of natural capital accounting; the link between climate change and development; balancing mitigation and adaptation finance; technology transfer in providing mitigation support; and the need to address the degradation of forests, desertification, and biodiversity loss.

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UNEP Publishes REDD+ Implementation Manual for National Legal Practitioners [viewed]

redd_implementationNovember 2015: Developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with UN-REDD, the implementation manual on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and promoting the conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+) aims to provide legal practitioners in REDD+ countries, particularly partner countries of the UN-REDD Programme, with information on assessing national legal frameworks and associated gaps as well as suggestions on options to address key REDD+ legal issues.

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November 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

november_climate_financeNovember 2015: During the month of November, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) reported on new financing, collaborations and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and forestry research centers launched studies, think pieces and multimedia content on, inter alia, climate-related disasters, vulnerability in Africa, stranded assets, Adaptation Fund activities and REDD+.

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UNGA Meets Informally on Refugee Crisis [viewed]

unga7019 November 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held an informal meeting on advancing a comprehensive response to the global humanitarian and refugee crisis. Participants discussed: providing protection including through third-country resettlement; ensuring adequate and predictable financing; and increasing support to receiving countries. Many said it is not possible to continue business-as-usual in humanitarian affairs, and welcomed the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit.

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UN-REDD Programme Concludes 15th Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

unredd11 November 2015: Three new National Programmes were presented by Chile, Myanmar and Peru at the 15th meeting of the UN-REDD Programme's Policy Board, held from 9-10 November 2015, in San José, Costa Rica. Support for the 2016-2020 phase of the Programme was reaffirmed by its three collaborating UN agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Climate Vulnerable Forum Issues Manila Communiqué [viewed]

Climate Vulnerable Forum11 November 2015: A meeting of 43 countries vulnerable to climate change concluded with the adoption of a call to "enshrine the critical goal of below 1.5°C together with a successive 5-year commitment cycle" in the Paris climate change agreement. The 20-member Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) convened its Sherpa Senior Officers' Meeting, with participation by 23 incoming members, to take stock of progress and prepare a common position ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Global Joint REDD+ Knowledge Exchange Day Shares Lessons and Challenges [viewed]

unredd-fcpf8 November 2015: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the UN Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) hosted the 2015 Global Joint (REDD+) Exchange Day on 8 November 2015, in San José, Costa Rica. The event was designed as a country-led South-South knowledge exchange opportunity, and was webcasted live.

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UN General Assembly Holds Informal Meeting on COP 21 [viewed]

UN logo4 November 2015: During a briefing on preparations for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) that he will actively engage Heads of State and Government in the remaining weeks before COP 21 takes place in Paris, France, saying "ultimate responsibility for success in Paris rests firmly in their hands." He urged leaders to tell negotiators that "now is the time for compromise and consensus building."

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UN Special Rapporteur: Climate Change Threatens Right to Food [viewed]

OHCHR3 November 2015: The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, has issued a press release warning that climate change poses "severe and distinct threats to food security," which, as argued in her interim report in August 2015 (A/70/287), could result in another 600 million people suffering from malnutrition by 2080.

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