DESA News for may 2011

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With a mission to reduce harms of pollution and waste

2011 has been described as a critical year for the environment. This is the time when the world has to get ready for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil. At the UN, preparations are well under way and on 2-13 May crucial issues for a greener and healthier planet will be addressed. There are many pressing issues facing the world today and there is a need to resolve them, and to do it fast. Starting on 2 May, the 19th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19) will take place in New York to tackle …

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Strengthening the voice of indigenous people

Today, there are over 370 million indigenous people in about 90 countries worldwide. They have unique cultures and ways of relating to other people and the environment with social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from the dominant societies in which they live. Despite cultural differences, the various indigenous peoples around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples. Indigenous peoples look to the international community to promote, protect and respect their ways of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources. However, these rights continue to be …

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Hearing highlights civil society’s role in LDC development

“The unique capacity of civil society to forge grand coalitions that transcends borders, running from the grassroots to the international level needs to be put to the service of the development cause of LDCs”, stated Ambassador Cheick Sidi Diarra, Secretary-General of the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UN LDC IV) at an Interactive Civil Society Hearing on 1 April. The General Assembly hearing was held in preparation for UN LDC IV, taking place on 9-13 May in Istanbul. Discussions focused on the results of the 10-year action plan adopted in 2001 and on how to further strengthen …

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