Integrating human rights into Paris Rule Book essential for effective implementation of Agreement, says new report
Author: Sébastien Duyck & Erika Lennon (Center for International Environmental Law), Lakpa Nuri Sherpa (Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact), Tonya Rawe (CARE), Anabella Rosemberg (International Trade Union Confederation), Kathrin Wessendorf & Lærke Marie Lund Petersen (International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs), Monica Camacho (Rainforest Foundation Norway) & Juliana Vélez Uribe (WEDO), Published on: 27 September 2017
"Delivering on the Paris Promises: Combating Climate Change while Protecting Rights," 27 September 2017
The negotiations of the Paris Rule Book are critical to ensuring that the promises made in the Paris Agreement will be met – including the commitment of governments to respect, protect and take into consideration existing human rights obligations. To enhance the likelihood that the Paris Agreement is effectively implemented, when developing the Paris Rule Book, parties should fully integrate human rights and the social and environmental principles reaffirmed in the preamble, including the rights of indigenous peoples, public participation, gender equality, safeguarding food security and ending hunger, a just transition, and ecosystem integrity. Doing so is not only essential for the Paris Agreement implementation, but also for ensuring policy coherence... By incorporating these obligations into the Paris Rule Book, parties are not creating additional burdens for themselves, but instead ensuring policy coherence and making it easier for them to meet their international obligations.