In this issue:
- A New Framework for Trade and Investment in Agriculture
- Update from the UN Human Rights Council
- QUNO and the UN Climate Summit
- Highlights from QUNO New York
- Peace and Disarmament
- News in Brief
- Briefing Paper: The Aarhus Convention
In this issue:
Minute 36 (the Canterbury Commitment) challenges Quakers to seek a sustainable, equitable and peaceful life on Earth. Britain Yearly Meeting is responding to this challenge by focusing on how to become a low-carbon sustainable community. The Quaker United Nations Office responds to the same challenge at the international level in our work on climate change, natural resource management, food and sustainability, and human rights.
This briefing paper connects the work of QUNO to the concerns and the spirit of Minute 36, describing the linkages between local, national and international levels of engagement.
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights call for businesses to meaningfully engage with groups who will be affected by their business activities. Businesses are increasingly aware of the importance of engaging with local communities throughout the process of a business activity, starting at the planning stages of a project. Civil society groups are advocating a shift from community ‘consultation’ to more meaningful models of community participation in planning and decision making. These approaches are particularly important in projects that affect local access to, and control of, natural resources such as land, water and food.
Water and land are two of the key natural resources that shape billions of peoples’ livelihoods, food security, wellbeing and identity. Developing management of water, land and food that is equitable and peaceful is an increasingly challenging task due to a multitude of factors – such as resource degradation, population growth and violent conflict – that can fuel tensions and exacerbate vulnerabilities around natural resources. Increasing climate uncertainties now lend an additional urgency to the need to develop appropriate policy and practice at international, national and local levels.
Review of the activities of QUNO in 2012, including:
Geneva's newsletter from January to March 2013. Featured stories:
The statement encourages the Independent Expert to consider the following:
Exploring the complex interlinkages between climate change, resource scarcity, violent conflict and cooperation.
This statement welcomes the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and discusses Quaker perspectives on the issue.
Geneva's newsletter from May to August 2012. Featured stories:
QUNO Geneva's newsletter from November 2008 to January 2009. Featured stories: