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3 Dez 2015


Press Conference: Maintaining Human Rights Language in the 'Purpose Paragraph'

…[K]ey representatives, including WEDO’s Bridget Burns…called for negotiators to protect human rights language in the critical purpose paragraph. In an unprecedented process, five UNFCCC recognized constituencies…and faith-based, environmental and climate justice organizations, came together to develop textual language that would be at the heart of the Paris Accord. The proposed language is below: This Agreement shall be implemented on the basis of equity and science, in [full] accordance with the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities …while also ensuring…the respect, protection, promotion and fulfillment of human rights, including the rights of indigenous peoples; gender equality and the full and equal participation of women; intergenerational equity; a just transition of the workforce that creates decent work and quality jobs; and food security. To date, the purpose paragraph (Art 2.2) is highly contentious in the negotiations…Read Bridget’s full remarks here.