Call for Inputs: Climate Change and Human Rights - a Safe Climate

There is now global agreement that human rights norms apply to the full spectrum of environmental issues, including climate change. The previous Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Mr. John Knox, developed Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment that set forth three sets of duties that engage both States and businesses: procedural obligations; substantive obligations; and obligations relating to those in vulnerable situations.

The current Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Mr. David Boyd, is working to provide additional clarity regarding the substantive obligations relating to a range of elements that are essential to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. His first report to the Human Rights Council addressed air pollution and associated obligations. He is now preparing a thematic report focusing on human rights obligations related to global climate change. For that purpose, he is seeking inputs on the topic from States and stakeholders through responses to the brief questionnaire below.

Preparation of the report

To prepare this report, the Special Rapporteur held consultations in Geneva with civil society on 6 March 2019, with Geneva Pledge States on 7 March 2019, with SIDS on 8 March 2019, and with States, international organizations and other stakeholders on 21 June 2019. These consultations complemented a call for inputs on climate change and human rights circulated on 8 April 2019 (English, Spanish, French). Submissions to the questionnaire are available.