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Introduction: Links between Climate Change & Human Rights

Explore reports, principles, pledges & videos

Climate change "poses an immediate and far-reaching threat to people and communities around the word"
Human Rights Council resolution 7/23

I. REPORTS

CIEL and Care International report: "Climate Change - Tackling the Greatest Human Rights Challenge of our Time", February 2015

International Bar Association report: In July 2014, the International Bar Association published the report "Achieving Justice and Human Rights in an Era of Climate Disruption".  The report is the outcome and recommendations of the high-level Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights, that launched by IBA President Michael Reynolds in 2012.

II. PRINCIPLES & PLEDGES

Oslo Principles: On 1 March 2015, legal & environmental experts adopted the "Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations", which set out basic principles for state & corporate climate change action.

Geneva Pledge: On 13 February 2015, 18 countries signed the "Geneva Pledge on Human Rights and Climate Action".  The countries signing were Chile, Costa Rica, France, Guatemala, Ireland, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mexico, Palau, Panama, Peru, Philippines,Uganda, Uruguay, Samoa, and Sweden.

Principles of Climate Justice: The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice has developed a set of "Principles of Climate Justice".  The seven top-level principles are: Respect and protect human rights; Support the right to development; Share benefits and burdens equitably; Ensure that decisions on climate change are participatory, transparent and accountable; Highlight gender equality and equity; Harness the transformative power of education for climate stewardship; Use effective partnerships to secure climate justice.

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: "Human rights and climate change"

Ciel: Climate change and human rights, a primer

BSR conference 2013: Mary Robinson addresses business leaders on human rights

III. VIDEOS

Additional explanations of the link between climate change and human rights are available below the videos.

Smallholder Farmers in Uganda and the Impacts of Climate Change
Why Climate Change Is a Human Rights Issue
Sheila Watt-Cloutier on Climate Change and Human Rights