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21 Sep - 22 Sep : Interfaith Summit on Climate Change on September 21-22 in New York City.
  The World Council of Churches (WCC) announced it will hold an Interfaith Summit on Climate Change on September 21-22 in New York City. At the summit, organized together with Religions for Peace, more than 30 religious leaders will take a united stand to encourage international and political leaders to address concretely the causes and consequences of climate change.
The interfaith summit is being held immediately before the United Nations (UN) Climate Summit, called by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, to galvanize and catalyze climate action, bringing bold announcements and actions that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015.
WCC members said they hoped their united voice would be also heard at the upcoming Conferences of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima in December 2014 and in Paris in 2015. “We will join our voices in the call for human rights and climate change to be addressed systematically,” said Daniel Murphy, campaigns assistant at the UK-based Environmental Justice Foundation. Murphy spoke to the WCC Central Committee, the governing body of the WCC which is meeting this week in Geneva.
“This is a big power game”
The WCC has been addressing climate change issues for more than two decades, and now the effects of climate change on human rights has reached an urgent level, said Kirsten Auken, an advocacy advisor at DanChurchAid, a Danish nonprofit with the mission of supporting the world's poorest people. Auken said the main message of the interfaith summit will be that “political leaders need to act to close the gap between what is needed and the lack of action on a political level. We, as church-related and faith-based groups, have an important role to play in pushing our leaders to be brave.”
In this case, “pushing” means capturing the attention of political leaders who are in a position to make a difference within the UN. “This is a big power game and we have to admit that,” said Auken. “We have to be the moral voice in this.” At the same time that WCC members challenge political leaders, they also need to take the initiative in their own lives to care for the earth around them, said Metropolitan Serafim Kykkotis, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. “We must unite through our common action to save the planet and give our children a better future,” he said.
The 30 participants at the summit will represent groups made up of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Indigenous Peoples, and others, said Dr Guillermo Kerber, coordinator of the WCC programme on Care for Creation and Climate Justice. “The relevance is unprecedented because of the crucial moment we are living today. We have called for years to have a fair, ambitious and binding treaty on climate change.”
Kerber and the other summit organizers agreed that the USA is first among the nations that must lead the effort to take climate action, based on science, that can help protect the basic human rights of individuals in this generation and in future ones. US-based pastors and churches are adding their voices to the calls for action, said the Rev. Everdith Landrau, who serves with the Presbyterian Church (USA). “There are conscious programmes that have been trickling down to our local churches,” she said. “Those seeds are being planted.”
WCC’s work on climate justice and care for creation


21 Sep : Interfaith Summit on Climate Change , 21 September 2014
  Interfaith Summit on Climate Change

When
21 September 2014 22 September 2014 to
Where
New York, United States
As part of a global effort to mobilize action and ambition on climate change, the United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is organizing a Climate Summit on 23 September 2014 in New York. In order to highlight the specific contributions that faith traditions bring to the international climate debate, the World Council of Churches and Religions for Peace will organize an Interfaith Summit on Climate Change ahead of the UN event.
Thirty religious leaders will come to the summit and commit to being advocates for climate justice and the protection of the earth both at the global and the national level.

To have an impact on the climate agenda, action needs to happen everywhere in the world. As key leaders meet in New York, their efforts will be enhanced by grassroots activities around the world. Activities at the local level, if possible with an interfaith focus, are strongly encouraged and will be featured on the summit's website (please write to info@interfaithclimate.org).


22 Sep : The panel event ‘Indigenous Knowledge in Scientific Assessments: from recognition to implementation’ will be held on 22 September, 2014, New York, USA
  The panel event ‘Indigenous Knowledge in Scientific Assessments: from recognition to implementation’ will be held on 22 September, 13:00 to 14:45 in the UN Secretariat Building. During the panel, we will be taking stock of progress made towards building indigenous knowledge into scientific assessments on biodiversity and climate change.

On 24 September, UNESCO will also host a round-table discussion focusing on ‘Building Indigenous Knowledge into Climate Change Assessments’ (tentatively from 3 to 6 PM). With the findings pertaining to indigenous knowledge in the recent IPCC 5AR, the discussions at the UNFCCC on traditional knowledge and climate change adaptation, and the on-going WCIP and UN Secretary General Summit on Climate Change, this represents a pivotal moment to link key institutions and initiatives that have contributed to this emerging space and to engage in an open, strategic discussion about where to go from here.

22 Sep - 23 Sep : United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, September 22-23, 2014
  United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, September 22-23, 2014

The high-level plenary meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), assembles on Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at the UN headquarters in New York, U.S. The decision to hold the meeting was made by UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/65/198 on December 21, 2010:

Decides to organize a High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to be held in 2014 in order to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of Indigenous peoples, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and invites the President of the General Assembly to conduct open-ended consultations with member states and with indigenous peoples’ representatives in the framework of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, as well as, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur in order to determine the modalities of this meeting, including indigenous peoples’ participation at the Conference (A/RES/65/198).
23 Sep : United Nations Climate Summit 2014
 
UN Climate Summit 2014

Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.

There is a sense that change is in the air. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this 23 September to galvanize and catalyze climate action. He has asked these leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015. Climate Summit 2014 provides a unique opportunity for leaders to champion an ambitious vision, anchored in action that will enable a meaningful global agreement in 2015.
24 Sep : World Bank Informational Session and Consultation on Sustainable Development and Safeguards. 24 September 2014, New York, USA
  World Bank Informational Session and Consultation on Sustainable Development and Safeguards. This event will take place on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm in New York City at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (333 Adams Street).

The first part of this event (in the morning) aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences on achieving sustainable development among Indigenous Peoples. To foster a discussion, a brief summary of two World Bank reports will be presented:

· Indigenous Peoples in Latin America: Political, Economic, and Social Overview Report. This report presents the results of a study on the state of indigenous peoples in Latin America at the end of the Second Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The report offers a critical review of the data available in the hope of contributing to the definition of a post-2015 agenda that reflects Indigenous Peoples’ own understanding and aspirations for self-development.
· A Case-Studies Report on a number of World Bank-financed projects, supporting Indigenous Peoples in economic and sustainable development, land rights and management, governance and institutional strengthening, and public policies and country systems.

The second part of this event (in the afternoon) presents an opportunity for a consultation on the draft of the new World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework and the new Environmental and Social Standard (ESS) for Indigenous Peoples. The ongoing review and update of the World Bank’s safeguards policies aims at broadening and strengthening the environmental and social protections in Bank-financed projects.

This World Bank event is oriented only for Indigenous Peoples leaders and representatives that will be attending the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) in New York City during the week of September 22. If you plan to be in New York during those days, we would be delighted to have you participate in this Informational Session and consultation. However, should you not be traveling to the WCIP, we ask that you kindly let us know the name(s) and contact information of any fellow representatives from your organization who will be in New York attending the WCIP.


We cordially ask you to confirm attendance by replying to this email. Please let us know your RSVP by Friday, September 5, 2014.
We thank you in advance for your participation in this event and should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at: lfduchicela@worldbank.org or Cristal Llave at cllave@worldbank.org.

 

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