​The impacts of climate change on the rights of the child

Climate change has been demonstrated to have both a direct and indirect impact on a wide range of human rights, including the rights of the child. Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 32/33 OHCHR was asked to prepare a panel discussion on the impacts of climate change on the enjoyment of the rights of the child during the 34th session of the Council. The concept note for the panel discussion, speaker bios and statements are available below.

The resolution further calls upon OHCHR to prepare, in consultation with Member States and other relevant stakeholders, a detailed analytical study on the relationship between climate change and the full and effective enjoyment of the rights of the child for submission to the 35th session of the Human Rights Council. Inputs from member States and other relevant stakeholders were sought for the analytical study. The study and a one-pager summary of the study are available here:

Technical Briefing: Climate Change and the Rights of the Child

On 8 May 2017, the Moroccan Presidency to the 22d Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change hosted a special Presidency Event on Climate Change and the Rights of the Child.

The presidency’s technical briefing was the first formal UNFCCC event to address human rights and provided a key opportunity to share guidance and recommendations from the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the analytical study prepared by OHCHR on climate change and child rights (pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 32/33). It provided an opportunity for experts to share guidance from these bodies and to exchange information on how States can "respect, promote and consider their respective human rights obligations, [including]... the rights of children" in climate action as called for by the Paris Agreement. The briefing was moderated by H.E. Ambassador Aziz Mekouar, Morocco. It was closed by the President of COP22, H.E. Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar of Morocco, and H.E. Ambassador Nazhat Khan, Chief Negotiator for the incoming COP23 presidency of Fiji. The following panellists participated:

Human Rights Council Panel Discussion on Climate Change and the Rights of the Child

Pursuant to resolution 32/33, OHCHR organized a panel discussion on climate change and the rights of the child during the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council. The panel discussion was moderated by H.E. Ms. Maria Teresa T. Almojuela, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva. The concept note for the discussion, speaker bios, statements of the participants and video are available below:

Statements by panellists

Inputs received for the Analytical Study on the Impacts of Climate Change on the Rights of the Child

A note verbale welcoming inputs from Member States was issued in September 2016. The note verbale is available here in English and French. Additional communications were sent to civil society organizations, national human rights institutions, UN organizations and other relevant stakeholders requesting further inputs.

An informal summary of the inputs received is available here. The full inputs are available below.

Member States

Non-member Observer States

National Human Rights Institutions

United Nations

Non-governmental organizations

Academic Institutions