Indigenous people say the impact of climate change on their lives, territories and resources need to be considered now.

An unprecedented 3,300 indigenous people have gathered this week at UN headquarters in New York to participate in a two week meeting of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

This is the only UN body with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.

This year the theme being discussed is "climate change bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods." Victoria Tauli–Corpuz, an indigenous Igorot from the Philippines, is the chairperson of this forum and she says there are several issues that indigenous people consider most critical. The first: the effects of the demand for alternative sources of fuel such as biofuels, on their human rights.

At the trade and development meeting in Ghana, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister warns that the problem of rising food prices needs to be recognised as a crisis and collectively addressed by the international community.

One of the many issues that has been a talking point at the 12th session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development [UNCTAD] taking place in Accra, Ghana, is the challenge that rising food prices is posing to countries around the world. Of particular concern is what this will mean to the group of states known as the Least Developed Countries. The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Iftekhar Chowdhury, addressing this issue at the meeting this week said the situation was absolutely urgent.

And the latest buzz on fighting malaria.

Malaria kills up to one million people a year. Friday April 25th is the first-ever World Malaria Day. Two new campaigns have been launched in the fight against the disease. One involves professional basketball players; the other, two talking mosquitoes. Dianne Penn has the latest buzz on malaria prevention.

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