9 March 2014: The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) jointly sponsored a one-day event on ‘Inspiring Change to Promote Women's Rights and Dignity.'
8 March 2014: The world celebrated International Women's Day in 2014 under the theme, 'Equality for women is progress for all.' To mark the occasion, several organizations and individuals underscored the role of women's empowerment in sustainable development, including UN General Assembly (UNGA) President John Ashe, who also emphasized women's roles in eradicating poverty.
10 December 2012: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres addressed the UN Security Council on the Mali crisis, citing climate change as one of the factors precipitating the situation.
24 October 2012: Chaloka Beyani, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, presented his report titled “Protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons” to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, US. Beyani underscores that internal displacement remains a significant human rights challenge.
October 2012: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has prepared a factsheet that identifies a positive correlation between the use of clean cookstoves and climate change mitigation, highlighting that, if well designed, clean cookstoves can reduce emissions associated with cooking with biomass.
6 June 2011: In his address to the Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres urged countries to adopt new measures to cope with climate-induced displacement within and across borders.
The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) held a conference on “Promoting Green Building Rating in Africa,” from 4-6 May 2010, at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The event brought together experts, practitioners and decision makers from 20 African countries and concluded with the adoption of a declaration to promote and foster green building practices in Africa.
In the “Nairobi Declaration on Green Building for Africa,” participants underline the urgency to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of buildings in order to “reduce carbon dioxide emissions and help strengthen the ability of cities to adapt to climate change while improving the quality of the built environment.” They express their commitment to “being the promoters of green practices” to reduce the carbon footprint of the construction sector in Africa. Participants further emphasize the importance of, inter alia: sourcing building materials and appropriate technology that are locally available; taking into account climatic conditions when designing buildings and making use of naturally available energies; using renewable energy; and developing and using a green building rating system.
In relation to the latter, participants recommend the development of models of Green Building Councils and the associated green rating systems catering to the various needs and specificities of individual countries and/or sub-regions. The Declaration also calls for the establishment of an African Network of Green Building Councils.
Links to further information
UN-HABITAT News, 14 May 2010
Conference on Green Building in Africa
Nairobi Declaration on Green Building
26 April 2010: The latest issue of “Climate Frontlines,” a global forum on the internet for indigenous peoples, small islands and vulnerable communities sponsored by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), features an article on the growing role of climate change in accelerating desertification and accentuating winter conditions for herding communities.