Expert Meeting on Climate Change and Human Rights 6-7 October 2016

OHCHR hosted an expert meeting on climate change and human rights from 6 - 7 October 2016 in Room XXIV of the Palais des Nations. This two-day meeting brought together States, civil society organizations, UN Agencies and experts to consider the implications of recent State commitments, including in the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, related to human rights and climate change. The meeting included both expert panel discussions and interactive breakout groups. It was informed by the following short discussion papers:

The modalities and logistics note is available here. Specific instructions for the breakout discussion groups are available here
For immediate inquiries please contact Mr. Benjamin Schachter ( The concept note and programme of work are available here.

A draft summary of recommendations from the meeting is available here. The programme of speakers and available presentations are included below.

High Level Opening

Chair: Mr. Bat-Erdene Ayush, Chief, Right to Development Section, OHCHR

Panel presentations and dialogue on the rights of persons, groups and peoples disproportionately impacted by climate change

Chair: Ms. Barbara Ruis, Legal Officer, UN Environment

Panel presentations and dialogue on human rights, migration, and displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change

Chair: Ms. Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice

  • Ms. Pia Oberoi, Adviser on Migration and Human Rights, OHCHR
  • Mr. Atle Solberg, Head of Coordination Unit, Platform on Disaster Displacement
  • Ms. Dina Ionesco, Head, Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division, International Organization for Migration
  • Ms. Michelle Yonetani, Senior Strategic Advisor, Disasters and Climate Change, Internal Displacement Monitoring Center
  • Mr. Geoff Dabelko, Professor and Director, Environmental Studies Program, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University
  • Ms. Ellen Hansen, Senior Policy Adviser reporting to the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR
  • Mr. Marco Toscano-Rivalta, Chief - Intergovernmental Policy Support and Legal Questions, UNISDR

Panel presentations and dialogue on mobilizing human rights machinery to monitor the impacts of climate change and promote accountability for climate commitments

Chair: Mr. Yves Lador, Permanent Representative of Earthjustice in Geneva

Panel presentations and dialogue on integrating human rights in climate actions and UNFCCC processes

Chair: Mr. Vicente Yu, Deputy Executive Director, South Centre