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African Climate Change Summit 2019

Women - 16. Oktober 2019 - 8:04
African Climate Change Summit 2019

Call for proposals for the Climate Change Summit – Africa, Accra – 16-17-18 October 2019!

Since the Climate urgency is more pressing than ever and that the States pledges are insufficient, it is absolutely necessary to raise ambition and accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement, by bringing together a large network of Subnational Governments and Non-State Actors and by anchoring the implementation of concrete climate actions at the local level. Local authorities, businesses, NGOs, trade unions, scientists, representatives from agricultural, youth, women and indigenous organisations, educators, citizens, you are invited to submit your initiatives to feed the work of the Climate Chance Summit Africa that will take place in October 2019.

We invite you to take part in this call for proposals if you are leading initiatives corresponding to one of the 9 themes:
Access to climate finance in Africa
Developing African cities in a sustainable way
Agriculture, food and reforestation in Africa
Renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa
Mobility and sustainable transport in Africa
Adaptation and Water in Africa
Sustainable Building and Construction in Africa
Education and Training on Climate Change in Africa
Circular economy in Africa

The selected initiatives will be presented during the thematic workshops at the Climate Chance Summit – Africa taking place in Accra from the 16th to 18th October 2019 and/or will be published on the Cartography for action.

To contribute: Submit your initiatives by May 31st, 2019 ! access here 

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Moving and learning: rethinking education and skills for global migration

ODI - 15. Juli 2019 - 0:00
A high-level discussion on migration and education taking place at the 2019 UN High Level Political Forum.
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Side Event: Ground Level Peoples’ Forum (GLPF)

Women - 14. Juli 2019 - 11:58
Side Event: Ground Level Peoples' Forum (GLPF) Don’t miss this opportunity to envision the world we want with local and international grassroots activists! Join us at the Ground Level Peoples’ Forum (GLPF): a counter-space to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) that puts forward the peoples’ struggles and resistances for development justice. Date: 14 July 2019 Venue: People’s Forum at 320 W 37th St., New York If you are interested in co-organise, join our event and mobilization, please RSVP to rina@apwld.org and ahc27hk@gmail.com
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Security Council approves ‘historic’ political Haiti mission, ending UN peacekeeping role in the country

UN ECOSOC - 25. Juni 2019 - 23:02
The Security Council on Monday approved a resolution to create a UN “Integrated Office” in Haiti, designed to support the country’s government in strengthening political stability and good governance. The Office, named BINUH, will replace the 15-year long peacekeeping mission, MINUJUSTH, on October 16.
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World faces ‘climate apartheid’ risk, 120 more million in poverty: UN expert

UN #SDG News - 25. Juni 2019 - 20:30
Climate change “threatens to undo the last 50 years” of development, global health and poverty reduction, a United Nations expert said on Tuesday, citing the risk of a new era of “climate apartheid” where the rich buy their way out of rising heat and hunger.
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FROM THE FIELD: Changing world, changing families

UN #SDG News - 25. Juni 2019 - 18:04
The world is changing rapidly and so are families according to the United Nations gender-focused agency, UN Women.
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Webinar „Smallholder Teak Agroforestry Systems“

Postgraduates - 25. Juni 2019 - 17:16

You are kindly invited to attend a webinar organized by the Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products of Technische Universitaet Dresden on Tuesday, 09 July, 10:00 – 11:30 Central European Summer Time (CEST). In this webinar, the renowned scientist Dr. James M. Roshetko from the Word Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) will share his experience on Smallholder Teak Agroforestry Systems. The presentation includes a discussion where participants can submit their questions to the chatroom.

Dr Roshetko leads the agroforestry tree domestication and marketing work for ICRAF’s Southeast Asia program from the Bogor office in Indonesia. He participates in research on agroforestry germplasm supply systems, smallholders’ timber production systems, smallholders’ marketing, and agroforestry extension. His dissertation at the University of Copenhagen focused on smallholders’ agroforestry systems for enhancement of livelihoods and carbon storage. (ICRAF, 2019)

The link to the webinar is here

You can try the link anytime earlier to check out the connection. Note that this can be done on a computer or a smart phone. If you experience problems, we suggest a diagnostic test to see whether you have the required software and sufficient internet connection, following the link here.

Looking forward to seeing you in the webinar.

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Can the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Count on US Support in Venezuela?

UN Dispatch - 25. Juni 2019 - 16:56

Michele Bachelet just concluded her first-ever official visit to Venezuela as High Commissioner for Human Rights. The former president of Chile spent three days in Venezuela, meeting with government officials, opposition leaders and victims of torture, extrajudicial killings and other assorted human rights abuses.

Her visit was the most high profile mission to Venezuela of a UN official since the country’s descent into chaos, which earlier this year accelerated following a power struggle between the government of Nicolas Maduro and a rival government-in-waiting, backed by the US and other powers.

The focus of this trip was less on the power struggle between these two factions than the implications of that fighting on ordinary people. In a statement before departing Caracas, Bachelet said the following:

I met with President Nicolás Maduro Moros and several Government ministers and officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defence Minister and the Minister of the Interior and those charged with a host of different portfolios relating to economic, social, civil, political and cultural rights. I also met with the president of the Supreme Court, the Attorney General and the Ombudsman. I held discussions with the president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, and other members of parliament from different political parties, and also with the president of the National Constituent Assembly.

I also met victims of human rights violations and their families. The man who told of his brother’s torture, humiliation and killing by hooded FAES security officers in a raid on his house – and the many other heartbroken families whose loved ones suffered a similar fate. The father who showed off his son’s basketball trophy and the many medals he had won before he was killed while taking part in protests. The mother whose 14-year-old child was shot during demonstrations on 30 April this year. People who suffered horrific torture in detention. I also met victims of violence against Government supporters. A mother whose young son, a Government supporter, was set on fire during the 2017 protests and spent 15 agonising days in hospital before he died. A daughter whose father was killed for defending the rights of peasants to access land. Their stories were heart-rending. They all demanded justice. A Catholic priest from the Church for the Poor spoke poignantly about how it is the poor and the most vulnerable who are being hit the hardest. This is not about politics, he said, but about the suffering of the people.

Bachelet also secured the release of three political prisoners, including opposition lawmaker Gilbert Caro. But what is most significant about her visit is what she is leaving behind.

Bachelet says she has reached an agreement with the Maduro government to open a small UN human rights office, which will both advise the government but also, more importantly, provide independent monitoring of the human rights situation in the country. This includes what Bachelet called “full access” to detention centers where they will be able to monitor conditions and speak to detainees, she said.  Bachelet also said that the government is open to visits by UN special rapporteurs, which are independent human rights experts with mandates over discrete human rights issues.

“The Government has also agreed that my team will be guaranteed full access to detention centers to be able to monitor conditions and speak to detainees,” she said. “They have committed to working towards broader engagement with and access for international human rights bodies – including the UN’s independent experts, known as Special Rapporteurs.”

Does The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Have US Support?

Since Michelle Bachelet assumed her post last year, her office has come under fire from elements of the US government. The Trump administration reportedly sought to derail her bid to become the new High Commissioner for Human Rights. Some in the administration, including Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton have publicly mused about defunding her office, which would kneecap a key element of the UN’s human rights system. To make matters worse, the State Department has a policy of ignoring requests from UN Special Rapporteurs and has ceased to respond to to requests from these independent human rights experts — which includes some of the very same experts with whom the Maduro government has pledged to cooperate.

This all raises the question of whether or not Bachelet’s good faith efforts to promote human rights in Venezuela are at all supported by the Trump administration?

To be sure, there are limits to what a small staff of UN human rights experts can accomplish in Venezuela. But their presence on the ground could make a big difference in the lives of some people directly affected by the ongoing violence. If the Trump administration is serious about standing with the people of Venezuela, it should follow that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights could count on the support of the United States government.

The post Can the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Count on US Support in Venezuela? appeared first on UN Dispatch.

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Monique Vledder, Global Financing Facility

Devex - 25. Juni 2019 - 13:06
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Sustainability is a Behavioral Challenge, 1 July 2019 in Brussels: Register Now

SCP-Centre - 25. Juni 2019 - 12:57

Changes in consumption patterns and mainstream lifestyles are a critical and integral part of the solutions package to addressing climate change, especially if we are to deliver on the 1.5°C target.

In this transition towards a more sustainable society, understanding how humans actually think and behave is crucial. In other words, sustainability is a behavioural challenge and it is about time for us to develop behaviourally-informed solutions.

On the Day of Change, 1 July 2019 in Brussels, the Academy of Change invites you to address these questions together with leading NGOs, policymakers, business and experts. The interactive sessions will combine the latest findings of the 1.5-Degree Lifestyles Report presented by Sitra and partners, with the Academy practical insights and real-world results on how to make sustainable behaviour change happen in practice.

NGOs that would need support with their travel cost to attend the day can request it through the registration link. Priority will be given to those travelling in a more sustainable way to the event, on a “first come, first served” basis.” If you are far away from Brussels, please note, that there will also be the chance to follow parts of the event online.

Join us and increase your knowledge on the topic, network with actors already active on this and jointly accelerate change towards the sustainable behaviours that really matter. Registration is free of charge, but please note the places are limited.

Looking forward to meeting you on the Day of Change!

Event: Day of Change: Towards the sustainable behaviours that really matter
Date: 01 July 2019
Time: 10:30-16:00
Location: Brussels

Click here to register for the event.

Click here for event agenda

 

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G20 coal subsidies: United States

ODI - 25. Juni 2019 - 0:00
This country study tracks the United States' progress in phasing out subsidies to the production and consumption of coal in 2016 and 2017.
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G20 coal subsidies: Turkey

ODI - 25. Juni 2019 - 0:00
This country study tracks Turkey's progress in phasing out subsidies to the production and consumption of coal in 2016 and 2017.
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G20 coal subsidies: Russia

ODI - 25. Juni 2019 - 0:00
This country study tracks Russia's progress in phasing out subsidies to the production and consumption of coal in 2016 and 2017.
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G20 coal subsidies: Italy

ODI - 25. Juni 2019 - 0:00
This country study tracks Italy's progress in phasing out subsidies to the production and consumption of coal in 2016 and 2017.
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G20 coal subsidies: Brazil

ODI - 25. Juni 2019 - 0:00
This country study tracks Brazil's progress in phasing out subsidies to the production and consumption of coal in 2016 and 2017.
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G20 coal subsidies: Mexico

ODI - 25. Juni 2019 - 0:00
This country study tracks Mexico's progress in phasing out subsidies to the production and consumption of coal in 2016 and 2017.
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G20 coal subsidies: France

ODI - 25. Juni 2019 - 0:00
This country study tracks France’s progress in phasing out subsidies to the production and consumption of coal in 2016 and 2017.
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G20 coal subsidies: Germany

ODI - 25. Juni 2019 - 0:00
This country study tracks Germany's progress in phasing out subsidies to the production and consumption of coal in 2016 and 2017.
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