Climate change has enormous implications for the enjoyment of a wide range of internationally protected human rights. This is especially the case for people in already vulnerable situations. Over the past 8 years, the international community has taken a number of steps to leverage human rights law and principles to strengthen international responses to global warming. One of the most important impacts of climate change on human beings will be displacement. Already millions of people are forcibly displaced each year by natural disasters. With the effects of climate change, the frequency and intensity of such disasters will further increase, as will the number of people being displaced across borders. Yet, at present the international protection framework for such scenarios is insufficient.
This project presented a critique of attempts, led by the Human Rights Council and its mechanism, to promote a ‘rights-informed’ approach to climate change policy. In the run up to the Paris Agreement, the final report presented recommendations to ensure that the climate change agreement negotiated in December 2015 will serve to promote and protect human rights in the future.
The project also provided counsel on how the international community should address the global protection gap for persons displaced across borders in the context of disasters.
Human rights, climate change and cross-border displacement: the role of the international human rights community in contributing to effective and just solutionsBy Jane McAdam (University of New South Wales) and Marc Limon (URG)
News and resources
URG report of the brownbag lunch with the Geneva Environment Network (26 October 2015)
The Small Island Perspective on Agenda-Setting in Climate Change and Human Rights: Interview with Marc Limon, Global Governance Institute
34th session of the Human Rights Council – Panel Discussion on Climate Change and Its Impacts on the Rights of the Child
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