UN Intergovernmental Body

IFOAM Endorses Pacific Organic Standard [viewed]

29 May 2012: The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has accepted the Pacific Organic Standard (POS) in its Family of Standards, a tool to provide multilateral equivalence in international trade in organic agriculture. As part of the IFOAM Family of Standards, POS will be automatically approved as equivalent by all countries that participate in the Family of Standards process.

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Event: Twelfth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues [viewed]

The 12th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will take place from 20-31 May 2012. The provisional agenda is now online.  

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Experts Discuss Substance, Process of SDGs at UNGA Debate on Rio+20 [viewed]

22 May 2012: One month before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convenes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a high-level thematic debate of the UN General Assembly discussed two key issues for the “Road to Rio+20 and Beyond.”

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UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Adopts 9 Recommendations [viewed]

18 May 2012: The 11th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) concluded with the adoption of nine draft recommendations by consensus, including on: the special theme of the ongoing impact of the Discovery Doctrine on indigenous peoples and the right to redress; arrangements for the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; intellectual property; food sovereignty; human rights; and emerging issues.

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UNPFII Discusses Intellectual Property, Climate Change Adaptation and the Right to Food [viewed]

14 May 2012: Delegates at the 11th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) addressed: the protection of traditional knowledge; the need to improve socioeconomic conditions for indigenous peoples to help them to adapt to climate change, and to control corporate expansion on indigenous lands; and indigenous peoples' rights to food and food sovereignty.

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Working Group on Marine Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction Recommends Continuing its Work [viewed]

13 May 2012: The fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (hereafter, the Working Group) convened from 7-11 May 2012, at UN Headquarters in New York.

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UNGA Debates Incorporating DRR into Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

12 April 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, recently held a thematic debate on disaster risk reduction (DRR) focused on: addressing urban risk through public investment; and increasing resilience to disasters through climate adaptation and risk reduction. Participants also attended a side-event on comprehensive action to sustainably reduce vulnerabilities.

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Event: Sixty-seventh Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 67) [viewed]

The 67th regular session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 67) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 18 September 2012, at 3:00 pm. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 25 September. The preliminary list of items to be included in the provisional agenda is contained in document A/67/50. A draft programme of work of the plenary is expected to be issued in July 2012.  

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UNU, IPCC Convene Workshop on Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Mitigation [viewed]

2 April 2012: The UN University (UNU) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened a three-day workshop on “Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects.” Participants examined how mitigation efforts can impact indigenous peoples and local communities, and what barriers exist to their involvement and their capacity to benefit.

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Event: UNGA-66 Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

Mandated by UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 66/204, this interactive dialogue aims to examine the scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning the Earth System. It will also explore how human activity has damaged the Earth System, especially by focusing on those areas where such damage has already affected the regenerative capacity of the planet. The dialogue is intended to promote an exchange of ideas and experiences from multiple perspectives, with particular attention to the contribution of science. It is expected to provide an accurate diagnosis of the negative impacts of human activity on the Earth System, and outline institutional responses to catalyze science for sustainable development.  

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