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OHCHR developed a series of information materials to raise awareness of the human rights impacts of climate change and environmental harms. The materials highlight OHCHR’s key messages and recommendations regarding human rights, climate change, the environment, and related issues, drawing in part from OHCHR’s analytical studies. Selected materials were developed with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Key message documents

Key Messages on human rights and climate changeKey Messages on human rights, climate change and business
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Key Messages on human rights, the environment and COVID-19
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Key Messages on human rights, climate change and migration
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Key Messages on human rights and biodiversity
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Key Messages on human rights and hazardous substances
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Key Messages on human  rights, the environment, and gender equalityKey Messages on environmentally sound technology and the right to development: realizing human rights for sustainable developmentKey Messages on renewable energy and the right to development: realizing human rights for sustainable development
Key Messages on human rights, the environment, and gender equality
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Key Messages on environmentally sound technology and the right to development: realizing human rights for sustainable development (preliminary version for comment)Key Messages on renewable energy and the right to development: realizing human rights for sustainable development (preliminary version for comment)
Advancing a Human Rights-Based Approach to the Global Biodiversity FrameworkCover: Key Messages on advancing a human rights-based approach to desertification, land degradation and droughtCover: Advancing the right to a healthy environment in the Amazon rainforest
Advancing a Human Rights-Based Approach to the Global Biodiversity FrameworkKey Messages on advancing a human rights-based approach to desertification, land degradation and droughtAdvancing the right to a healthy environment in the Amazon rainforest (advanced version)
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Key Message on Human Right and Just Transition
 
Key Messages on Human Rights and Loss and DamageKey Messages on human rights and Just Transition 

Briefing notes

Climate Change: Protecting the rights of people with disabilities
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Climate Change: Protecting the rights of children
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Climate Change: Protecting the rights of migrants
Climate Change: Protecting the rights of womenClimate Change: Protecting people’s right to healthClimate Change: Protecting the rights of older persons
Cover: Human Rights implications of COVID-19 response measures in the context of climate changeScreenshot: Key human rights considerations for the negotiations to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollutionCover: What is the Right to a Healthy Environment?
Human Rights implications of COVID-19 response measures in the context of climate changeKey human rights considerations for the negotiations to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollutionWhat is the Right to a Healthy Environment?
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Cover: Key human rights considerations on the impact of seabed mining
OHCHR contribution to INC 2: elements towards an international legally binding instrument on plasticsOHCHR submission to the OEWG 1.2 on a science-policy panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollutionKey human rights considerations on the impact of seabed mining
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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (OHCHR) submission on essential elements for a possible ICCM5 High-level Declaration (HLD) on the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020OHCHR contribution to INC 3 (plastics)Foundational research document for OHCHR’s policy brief on Human Rights implications of Covid-19 response measures in the context of climate change
 
Aligning States Duties and Business Responsibilities Related to Plastics with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human RightsOHCHR submitt to the OEWG 3 on a science-policy panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution  

Guidance

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Guidance note for UN Resident Coordinators and Country teams on Environmental Human Rights Defenders 
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Infographics

- Infographic 1 - Climate change affects children’s rights

- Infographic 2 - How climate change affects children’s rights

- Infographic 3 - Addressing the effects of climate change on children’s rights 

- Infographic 1 - Climate change affects women’s rights  

- Infographic 2 - How climate change affects women’s rights 

- Infographic 3 - Addressing the effects of climate change on women’s rights

- Infographic 1 - Climate change affects people’s right to health

- Infographic 2 - How climate change affects people’s right to health

- Infographic 3 - Addressing the effects of climate change on people’s right to health

- Infographic 1 - Climate change affects the rights of people with disabilities 

- Infographic 2 - How climate change affects the rights of people with disabilities  

- Infographic 3 - Addressing the effects of climate change on people living with disabilities

- Infographic 1 - Climate change affects migrants’ rights 

- Infographic 2 - How climate change affects migrants’ rights

- Infographic 3 - Addressing the effects of climate change on migrants’ rights

- Infographic 1 - Climate change affects the rights of older persons 

- Infographic 2 - How climate change affects the rights of older persons

- Infographic 3 - Addressing the effects of climate change on the rights of older persons

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