Climate Change and Human Rights

Climate change impacts including floods, droughts, hurricanes, sea-level rise and water salination are already interfering with peoples’ human rights such as the right to life, health, housing, food, water, an adequate standard of living, self-determination and the right not to be subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment.

Climate change is also exacerbating poverty and inequality, posing an additional constraint on the capacity of many countries to ensure their people’s social, economic and cultural rights.

Civil society groups are calling on all governments to protect, respect and fulfill rights, with particular attention to those who are vulnerable, such as local communities and indigenous peoples.

Key Demands:

  • States protecting the rights of their people and people everywhere.
  • Mechanisms to redress past injustices and to realise the right to development.
  • Affirmative action to ensure representation of countries and peoples in relevant international fora.
  • Human rights-based perspective used to analyse proposals particularly on carbon markets, REDD and adaptation.

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