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Call for Comments on UN Guide to Support Respect of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights by Private Sector

The United Nations Global Compact has developed a Business Reference Guide on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which is now open for public consultation until June 2013.

There is growing pressure on businesses, and drive from within businesses, to ensure that they meet their international obligations and respect human rights and that they play a part in supporting and promoting human rights in order to maintain their social and legal licence to operate and be more sustainable and inclusive.

Responding to this interest and demand from the private sector, the UN Global Compact has developed a Business Reference Guide on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). An exposure draft of this Guide is available here for public consultation and comment until 1 June 2013.

The implementation of the UNDRIP is a key area of focus for the UN-REDD Programme, particularly given the consideration of the Declaration in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Cancun Safeguards for REDD+. The UN-REDD Programme is supporting adherence to the UNDRIP in its activities through the application of the Programme’s Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ and, its Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent which you can read more about here.

The UN-REDD Programme will provide comments to the UN Global Compact Guide and encourages colleagues and partners to do the same to ensure that the guide is as comprehensive and useful as possible.

Development of the Guide was initiated by a taskforce of Global Compact LEAD companies that wanted to increase their and other companies’ understanding of the rights outlined in the UNDRIP and how to respect and support them. The Guide illustrates how rights may be impacted positively or negatively by businesses and provides practical suggestions for business action. Part I outlines key actions for businesses to take in relation to indigenous peoples’ rights, including making a policy commitment; due diligence; consultation and seeking consent; and having an effective grievance mechanism. Part II illustrates each right in the UNDRIP, suggests practical actions that businesses should take to respect each right and could take voluntarily to support each right, and gives illustrative examples.





In this issue


Solomon Islands and Pakistan Move Forward with their National REDD+ Roadmaps

DRC Shares Lessons with Tanzania on Forest Monitoring Systems for REDD+

UN-REDD Partner Countries Increase their REDD+ Technical Expertise

Indonesia and UN-REDD to Host Global Symposium on REDD+ in a Green Economy

UN-REDD Launches Independent Evaluation of National Programme in Panama

UN-REDD Underscores Tenure as a Success Factor for REDD+

Features & Commentary

Cambodia’s REDD+ Pilot Projects Contribute to Settlement of Forest Disputes
By: Heang Thy

UN-REDD Launches Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent for REDD+
By: Gaya Sriskanthan

Moving from Global Advocacy to Country-level Actions on Anti-Corruption for REDD+
By: Estelle Fach and Tsegaye Lemma

Understanding REDD+ and FLEGT Linkages Through Country Experiences
By: Emelyne Cheney and Marjo Maidell

Reports & Analysis

Latest UN-REDD Policy Brief Now Available in French and Spanish

Call for Comments on UN Guide to Support Respect of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights by Private Sector

New Report on Economics of Forest Carbon Projects

New Go-REDD+ Issue Links REDD+ with Poverty Reduction

Looking ahead

FPIC and Anti-Corruption workshop with COICA
7 April, 2013: Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

REDD+ Safeguards and Conflict Resolution workshop
9-13 April, 2013: Paraguay

Multiple Benefits Mapping workshop
8-24 April, 2013: Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, Tanzania

Latin America National Forest Monitoring System workshop
23-26 April, 2013: Tena, Ecuador

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