| |Fact sheet unpacks and links human rights and climate change
A new fact sheet sets out how the harms caused by climate change translate to human rights violations. Frequently asked questions on human rights and climate change also provides guidance for States on how to address the climate crisis while respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights.
22 April 2021
| |Court ruling called a milestone in environmental justice
A court in Kenya has awarded the Owino Uhuru settlement the equivalent of USD$13 million in compensation for damage to the environment and health of their community blighted by lead poisoning. The court held that the Government and two corporations were responsible for lead contamination caused by smelting plant.
7 September 2020
| |Realising children’s rights through a healthy environment
“The survival, health, well-being and development of children depends on an environment that is safe, clean, healthy and sustainable,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. She was speaking at the Human Rights Council, during the annual full day meeting of the rights of the child.
7 July 2020
| |Expert calls for resolution on right to healthy environment
David Boyd, Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment, called on the Human Rights Council to pass a resolution recognizing the right to a healthy environment, saying it would lead to stronger State actions on environment.
11 March 2020
| |Report: Impacts of climate change seriously compromising human rights
“Climate change constitutes a clear, present and intensifying threat to the full and effective exercise of all human rights,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, during the launch of a new publication on the contribution of the Latin American and Caribbean region to the fight for climate justice.
23 December 2019
| |Losing your land to climate change
Climate change threatens the very existence of Kiribati and other small island states in the Pacific. “If we have to migrate because of climate change, we will have no land to return to. We don’t want to lose our fundamental rights – if our country goes under water because of climate change,” says Kiribati youth activist Rae Bainteiti.
23 October 2017
| |Paying the price for climate change in human health
After recounting the devastating impacts of climate change on health during a Human Rights Council event, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore called for urgent action. “We know that change is urgent, necessary, possible and for our children’s children’s sake, we must make change doable.”
14 March 2016
| |Burning Down the House
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights likens man-made climate change to being an arsonist burning down one’s own home. In this opinion piece, he urges solutions rooted in climate justice.
3 December 2015
| |Climate change is a human rights issue
A human rights-based approach to climate change would render climate policy more effective because it would identify and satisfy the most pressing needs of vulnerable people, said Flavia Pansieri, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.
27 March 2015
| |Climate change impacts enjoyment of human rights
Recognizing the intrinsic link between human rights and climate change, experts on both issues took part in the “Climate Justice Dialogue.” The Dialogue, which took place in Geneva in early February, aimed to strengthen the links between human rights and climate change action ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference, which will take place in Paris later this year. The Dialogue was sponsored by the UN Human Rights Office and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.
17 February 2015
| |Wanted: Human Rights in Rio
Civil society and UN experts call for an inclusive, just and equitable outcome at the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
2 May 2012
| |No boundaries for climate change
A UN Human Rights Council expert meeting addresses the adverse impacts of climate change on the full enjoyment of human rights.
16 March 2012
| |A human rights approach to tackling climate change
Climate change poses a direct threat to a wide range of universally recognized human rights. The Poznań Climate Change Conference, from 1 to 12 December, should take into account the human rights impacts of climate change and protect the people whose live
1 December 2008
| |Climate change and indigenous peoples
The Permanent Forum, which runs from 21 April to 2 May, brings together more than 1,000 indigenous representatives, senior UN officials, and representatives of governments, civil society and academia.
1 April 2008
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