Poverty-Environment Initiative participates in Human Rights Based Approach Training for implementation in UN Environment programming and the PAGE Academy
Poverty-Environment Facility staff participated both as trainers and trainees in a course on the Human Rights Based Approach and its practical implementation in the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) programming held from 13 to 14 October 2014 at the United Nations office in Nairobi, Kenya.
The training aimed to enhance the skills of the participants in moving beyond understanding the linkages between environmental sustainability and the Human Rights Based Approach as United Nations Development Group principles, to jointly incorporating them into UN Environment’s projects and programmes.
Since pro-poor environment and natural resource management is at the heart of Poverty-Environment Initiative’s mandate, the Initiative was able to share lessons on addressing poverty, social inclusion, and environment issues from their operations to inform the training.
Poverty-Environment Initiative country successes were showcased through a well-received video, The Kings of Waste, on the formalization of the waste management sector in Uruguay that granted waste recyclers the right to decent working conditions, stable salaries and social protection whilst simultaneously achieving a 17% recovery rate of solid waste in Montevideo.
A very lively and fun simulation of a Poverty-Environment Initiative stakeholder meeting to address the issue of livelihoods of indigenous peoples and benefit sharing from park fees versus environmental protection in the Maasai Mara National Reserve helped participants gain a practical understanding of the challenges involved in accommodating people and environment concerns in decision-making.
Overall, the training has contributed to strengthening the participants’ capacity to connect human rights and environment issues and has equipped them with tools to implement Human Rights Based Approach linked to environmental and social safeguards in their work.
Poverty-Environment Initiative shares best practices in the PAGE Academy
The Poverty-Environment Initiative co-Director, Isabell Kempf, was invited as a resource person to the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) that took place in Turin, Italy from 6-17 October 2014. She provided inputs into the high level meeting on 6 October and co-organized together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) the elective, Poverty Reduction for Sustainable Development and Social Inclusion, where participants learned about approaches to poverty reduction for sustainable development and social inclusion, including strategies and actions for pro-poor development policies, plans and programmes at national and sub-regional level illustrated with examples from different Poverty-Environment Initiative regions.
The participants showed great interest in the poverty reduction and social inclusion aspects of Green Economy and in the lessons learned from Poverty-Environment Initiative which they related well to their own experience at the country level. There is clearly a demand for further strengthening the poverty and inclusiveness aspects of Green Economy work in which the Initiative could be helpful.
PAGE supports countries interested in pursuing inclusive, resource-efficient, low-carbon economies. The UN Environment, ILO, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) created the Partnership in 2012 to meet the growing demands from countries seeking to develop and implement national green economy strategies for enhanced prosperity and greater equity, contributing to natural resource conservation and poverty eradication.