2016 Equator Events
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Regional Capacity Building Workshop on the Management of ICCAs and Development Models

Green Monday BBLThe Equator Initiative in partnership with the ICCA Consortium and the GEF Small Grants Programme organized a regional capacity building workshop in Bolivia in October 2016 focusing on the management and protection of indigenous and community conserved areas (ICCAs) and economic development particularly from the extractive sector.The workshop focused on four areas for capacity development including: conflict resolution and the international legal human rights; communication; mapping and digital technologies for the integrated management of indigenous territories and ICCAs; and indigenous knowledge systems and biocultural community protocols. Click here to read more. 

Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program: Local Action to Meet the Sustainable Development Goals

TKCP BLL PanelistsOn 26 October 2016 - The UNDP Equator Initiative and UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) hosted a Brown Bag Lunch exploring the work of Equator Prize 2014 winner Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP). An innovative partnership between scientists and indigenous communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG), TKCP is a prime example of localized action to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event featured Jamison Ervin, Manager of UNDP’s Global Biodiversity Programme, Tehmina Akhtar, Deputy Global Manager of SGP, and Lisa Dabek, Founder and Director of Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program and Senior Conservation Scientist at the Woodland Park Zoo. Click here to read more. 


Green Monday: A Plant-based Diet for a Healthy Climate

Green Monday BBLOn 7 October 2016, the UNDP Equator Initiative hosted a Brown Bag Lunch highlighting the work of Green Monday, an innovative new initiative tackling climate change and global food insecurity through public advocacy, impact investing, corporate consulting, and specialized retail.The event featured David Yeung, Co-Founder of Green Monday and Hong Kong’s 'Ten Outstanding Young People in China 2015' awardee, Alyssa Berggren, International Development Manager for Green Monday, Nik Sekhran, Director of Sustainable Development for the UNDP Bureau for Programme and Policy Support, and was moderated by Charles McNeill, UNDP Senior Policy Advisor on Forests and Climate. Click here to read more. 

Alexander Soros Foundation Award Winner Paul Pavos

PavolOn 30 September 2016, the Equator Initiative hosted a Brown Bag Lunch highlighting the work of environmental activist Paul Palosualrea Pavol, winner of the 2016 Alexander Soros Foundation Award. At a select engagement at UNDP after receiving the ASF Award, Pavol spoke about his work to fight deforestation and the loss of his community’s land at the hands of one of the world’s largest tropical logging companies. Click here to read more. 


Equator Prize 2015 National Ceremonies

IMG 1962Following the success of the Equator Prize 2015 Award Ceremony, held as part of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, France, on 7 December 2015, Equator Prize winners have also been recognised at the national level in ceremonies organised by UNDP Country Offices. Policymakers and government representatives up to the ministerial level, diplomats including ambassadors, representatives from the UN and from civil society and the media attended these high-profile events, bringing national attention to these organisations' outstanding achievements. Please follow the links below to view speeches, photos, and video footage from these ceremonies. Click here to read more. 

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2016: Side Events

CIM sizedDuring 9-20 May 2016, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) brought together Member States and indigenous peoples' representatives around the theme, "Indigenous Peoples: Conflict, Peace, and Resolution." The Equator Initiative hosted several side events to highlight relevant work being done by UNDP and partner organizations worldwide. Click here to read more

Forests for Climate

ForestForClimate GroupOn 21 April 2016, the day before 175 world leaders convened at UN Headquarters in New York to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, UNDP and the Ford Foundation hosted a press event to draw the world’s attention to the urgent need to protect forests to achieve the climate goals and the challenges faced by indigenous peoples who put their lives on the line to protect the forests we all depend on. Click here to read more

World Wildlife Day 2016

Kristin DavisOn 3 March 2016, UNDP’s Equator Initiative joined forces with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the World Bank Group to celebrate World Wildlife Day. The event was held at the UN Headquarters in New York, and was hosted by the UN and the Governments of Germany, Gabon, and Thailand. Representatives from different UN agencies, UN member states, civil society, and the media gathered to discuss the most pressing issues regarding illegal wildlife trade around the world. In keeping with this year’s theme, “the future of wildlife is in our hands”, panelists reflected on the importance of tackling wildlife crime, the need to preserve natural habitats, and the development of sustainable livelihoods. Click here to read more