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Children at forefront of climate action urge focus on child rights
Children at forefront of climate action urge focus on child rights
“The battle against climate change is one that we can’t afford to lose because it’s the greatest threat to our survival,” 16-year-old Kehkashan Basu told the Human Rights Council.
9 March 2017
Spotlight on indigenous rights at COP22 climate talks
Spotlight on indigenous rights at COP22 climate talks
Nina Gualinga is at the forefront of the fight to make indigenous rights a priority in climate action.
17 November 2016
Inclusivity and human rights are pivotal to climate action
Inclusivity and human rights are pivotal to climate action
Climate change and human rights are intertwined and must be the focus of any action to help affected communities, an expert meeting on climate change and human rights has concluded.
20 October 2016
Paying the price for climate change in human health
Paying the price for climate change in human health
After recounting the devastating impacts of climate change on health during a Human Rights Council event, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore called for urgent action. “We know that change is urgent, necessary, possible and for our children’s children’s sake, we must make change doable.”
14 March 2016
Burning Down the House
Burning Down the House
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights likens man-made climate change to being an arsonist burning down one’s own home. In this opinion piece, he urges solutions rooted in climate justice.
3 December 2015
Human rights must be part of any climate change agreement in Paris
Human rights must be part of any climate change agreement in Paris
Any climate change commitments being made by States must include a human rights element, said Craig Mokhiber from the UN Human Rights Office, speaking ahead of the COP21 climate talks in Paris this week.
27 November 2015
Climate change is a human rights issue
Climate change is a human rights issue
A human rights-based approach to climate change would render climate policy more effective because it would identify and satisfy the most pressing needs of vulnerable people, said Flavia Pansieri, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.
27 March 2015
Climate change impacts enjoyment of human rights
Climate change impacts enjoyment of human rights
Recognizing the intrinsic link between human rights and climate change, experts on both issues took part in the “Climate Justice Dialogue.” The Dialogue, which took place in Geneva in early February, aimed to strengthen the links between human rights and climate change action ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference, which will take place in Paris later this year. The Dialogue was sponsored by the UN Human Rights Office and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.
17 February 2015
Rio+20 and human rights on social media: “The Future We Want”
Rio+20 and human rights on social media: “The Future We Want”
On the occasion of Rio+20, the UN Human Rights Office launches a social media campaign inviting people to speak up for human rights in “The Future We Want.”
6 June 2012
Wanted: Human Rights in Rio
Wanted: Human Rights in Rio
Civil society and UN experts call for an inclusive, just and equitable outcome at the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
2 May 2012
No boundaries for climate change
No boundaries for climate change
A UN Human Rights Council expert meeting addresses the adverse impacts of climate change on the full enjoyment of human rights.
16 March 2012
Human rights at the centre of climate change policy
Human rights at the centre of climate change policy
The adverse effects of climate change may have a direct negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights.
11 October 2011
The 2010 Social Forum - Climate change and human rights
The 2010 Social Forum - Climate change and human rights
The Social Forum of the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva calls for the integration of human rights in end of year negotiations aimed at reaching agreement on a global climate change treaty.
11 October 2010
Human rights key to climate change negotiations
Human rights key to climate change negotiations
A Human Rights Council panel emphasized the need to achieve a successful outcome that focuses on human rights at the year-end Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.
17 June 2009
OHCHR analytical study on climate change and human rights is now available
OHCHR analytical study on climate change and human rights is now available
An analytical study on the human rights impact of climate change conducted by the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights is now available.
23 March 2009
A human rights approach to tackling climate change
A human rights approach to tackling climate change
Climate change poses a direct threat to a wide range of universally recognized human rights. The Poznań Climate Change Conference, from 1 to 12 December, should take into account the human rights impacts of climate change and protect the people whose live
1 December 2008
Climate change and indigenous peoples
Climate change and indigenous peoples
The Permanent Forum, which runs from 21 April to 2 May, brings together more than 1,000 indigenous representatives, senior UN officials, and representatives of governments, civil society and academia.
1 April 2008