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Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change

Purpose of the mandate

Change in the Earth’s climate, and the ensuing adverse effects, have led to economic, social, cultural and environmental consequences and have negative implications, both direct and indirect, for the effective promotion and protection of human rights and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. It is therefore essential to contribute towards ongoing efforts at all levels to address the adverse impact of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights, in the light of scientific data and assessments, and in a well-integrated manner that advances progress towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as towards the promotion, protection, realization and enjoyment of human rights by everyone everywhere.

About the mandate

The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change established by the UN Human Rights Council at its 48th session in October 2021 (RES/48/14).

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Current mandate holder

The mandate is currently vacant. The application deadline is 19 January 2024.

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Contact Information

Special Rapporteur on human rights and climate change
OHCHR-UNOG
8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneve 10, Switzerland

Email: [email protected] 
Twitter: @srclimatechange
Facebook: facebook.com/srclimatechange

Former mandate holders


Mr. Ian Fry (Tuvalu)
May 2022 - December 2023