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Reports on human rights and climate change

OHCHR and climate change

Since 2008, the Human Rights Council has adopted a series of resolutions on human rights and climate change. These resolutions have requested for a number of thematic panel discussions on climate change to be held at the Council and have also requested OHCHR to prepare studies, reports and summary reports to the Council. This includes the following:

Council/sessionYear of submissionTitleSymbol
HRC 55th2023Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Measures for minimizing the adverse impact of climate change on the full realization of the right to foodA/HRC/55/37
HRC 53rd2023Report of the Secretary-General: The adverse impact of climate change on the full realization of the right to foodA/HRC/53/47
HRC 52nd2023Summary of the panel discussion on the impacts of climate change on the human rights of people in vulnerable situationsA/HRC/52/48
HRC 50th2022The impacts of climate change on the human rights of people in vulnerable situations – Report of the Secretary-GeneralA/HRC/50/57
​HRC 49th session​2021​Summary of the panel discussion on the human rights of older persons in the context of climate changeA/HRC/49/61
HRC 47th session2021Analytical study on the promotion and protection of the rights of older persons in the context of climate changeA/HRC/47/46
HRC 46th session2020Summary of the panel discussion on the rights of persons with disabilities in the context of climate changeA/HRC/46/46
HRC 44th session2020Analytical study on the promotion and the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in the context of climate changeA/HRC/44/30
HRC 42nd session2019Summary of the panel discussion on women's rights and climate change: climate action, good practices and lessons learnedA/HRC/42/26
HRC 41st session2019Analytical study on gender-responsive climate action for the full and effective enjoyment of the rights of womenA/HRC/41/26
HRC 38th session2018Summary of the panel discussion on addressing human rights protection gaps in the context of migration and displacement of persons across international borders resulting from the adverse effects of climate change and supporting the adaptation and mitigation plans of developing countries to bridge the protection gapsA/HRC/38/21
HRC 37th session2018The slow onset effects of climate change and human rights protection for cross-border migrantsA/HRC/37/CRP.4
HRC 35th session2017Summary of the panel discussion on the adverse impact of climate change on States' efforts to realize the rights of the childA/HRC/35/14
HRC 35th session2017Analytical study on the relationship between climate change and the full and effective enjoyment of the rights of the childA/HRC/35/13
HRC 32nd session2016Outcome of the panel discussion on the adverse impact of climate change on States' efforts to progressively realize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental healthA/HRC/32/24
HRC 32nd session2016Analytical study on the relationship between climate change and the human right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental healthA/HRC/32/23
HRC 10th session2009Report on the relationship between climate change and human rightsA/HRC/10/61