Ten years after the adoption of the Geneva Plan of Action and on the path towards the targets set for 2015, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is undertaking a systematic review of the implementation of its objectives. Within this framework, UNESCO is recruiting short-term consultants to review current status, analyze trends and emerging innovations, formulate recommendations and produce two foresight reports that will help UNESCO in shaping its strategy for the post-2015 world.
Under the framework of WSIS action line 7 (e-science), UNESCO seeks a consultant to prepare a report entitled “Emerging Trends in E-Science: Citizen Science, Mobile technologies and ICTs” , which will particularly focus on the emerging trend of the use of mobile technologies in facilitating citizen science. For more information and instructions on how to apply, click here.
Under the framework of WSIS action line 8 (Cultural diversity, linguistic diversity and local content), UNESCO seeks another consultant to prepare a report entitled “Indigenous Peoples’ emerging uses of ICTs”, which will focus on indigenous peoples’ uses of ICTs to overcome social and political barriers, to revitalize their languages and culture and to manage their heritage. For more information and instructions on how to apply, click here.
Review of applications will begin 20 August 2012.
Documents may also be downloaded in pdf form here:
Terms of reference for report on Emerging Trends in E-Science: Citizen Science, Mobile technologies and ICTs
Terms of reference for report on Indigenous Peoples’ emerging uses of ICTs
When considering climate change, indigenous peoples and marginalized populations warrant particular attention. Impacts on their territories and communities are anticipated to be both early and severe due to their location in vulnerable environments, including small islands, high altitude zones, desert margins and the circumpolar Arctic. Heightened exposure to negative impacts, however, is not the only reason for specific attention and concern. As many indigenous societies are socially and culturally distinct from mainstream society, decisions, policies and actions undertaken by the major group, even if well-intended, may prove inadequate, ill-adapted and inappropriate. There is therefore a need to understand the specific vulnerabilities, concerns, adaptation capacities and longer-term aspirations of indigenous peoples and marginalized communities the world over. Indigenous and traditional knowledge contribute to this broader understanding.
This new UNESCO-UNU publication is an outcome of an initiative on 'Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change', a partnership that consists of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme, UNESCO and UN University. For more information on this initiative, please go to www.ipmpcc.org
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A joint effort of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme, UNESCO and United Nations University
UNESCO and UNU are pleased to announce the
LAUNCH OF THE PUBLICATION
Traditional Knowledge for Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation
In the run-up to Rio+20 and in the framework of the
UNESCO/ICSU Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development and its session on
‘Indigenous knowledge and science: from recognition to knowledge co-production’
When: 13 June 2012 from 17:30-18:00 [open to the public]
Where: Pontifical Catholic, Rua Marquês São Vicente, 225, Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When considering climate change, indigenous peoples and marginalized populations warrant particular attention. Impacts on their territories and communities are anticipated to be both early and severe due to their location in vulnerable environments. There is therefore a need to understand the specific vulnerabilities, adaptation capacities and longer-term aspirations of indigenous peoples and marginalized communities the world over. Indigenous and traditional knowledge contribute to this broader understanding.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its Fourth Assessment Report recognized traditional knowledge as ‘an invaluable basis for developing adaptation and natural resource management strategies in response to environmental and other forms of change.’ Despite this recognition, indigenous knowledge has remained largely outside the scope of IPCC assessments.
In order to strengthen consideration of indigenous knowledge in IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (5AR), to be released in 2014, this publication draws the attention of Authors of the 5AR and climate policy makers to the rapidly growing scientific literature on the contributions of indigenous and traditional knowledge to understanding climate change vulnerability, resilience and adaptation.
A limited number of print copies will be distributed at the launch. After the launch, the publication will be available for downloading at www.ipmpcc.org
For information on the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development, please go to: http://www.icsu.org/rio20/science-and-technology-forum
For information on the publication and launch, please contact:
Ms Jennifer Rubis, j.rubis*at*unesco.org (onsite in Rio de Janeiro and for English and French media queries)
Ms Ameyali Ramos Castillo, ramos*at*ias.unu.edu (Washington DC, USA and for English and Spanish-language media queries)
Ms Kirsty Galloway McLean, g_mclean*at*ias.unu.edu (Melbourne, Australia)
For more information on the intiative and partners, please see:
Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change www.ipmpcc.org
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) www.cbd.int
UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme http://sgp.undp.org/
United Nations University - Traditional Knowledge Initiative http://www.unutki.org