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4 Dec 2018

Center for International Environmental Law

5 calls to action to ensure climate action respects human rights

In Katowice, Poland, the climate negotiations (COP24) will overlap with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Join us in calling on negotiators to adopt rules for implementing the Paris Agreement that ensure human rights drive all climate action.

We will deliver your signature to every negotiator attending the climate talks in Katowice. Our massive showing of public support for these demands from around the world will demonstrate that delivering on the promises made in Paris are what we expect from our negotiators at COP24.

Please add your name in support of these calls to action:

  1. Countries at COP24 must commit to more ambitious, aggressive climate action to keep temperature rise below 1.5ºC. This follows the report from the world’s leading climate scientists warning that we only have 12 years left to keep global warming below that maximum before the risks of droughts, floods, extreme heat, and poverty significantly worsen.

  2. Governments must adopt a Rulebook of guidelines on how to carry out the Paris Agreement and ensure its commitments are fully realized.

  3. This Rulebook must specifically address human rights, gender, indigenous peoples, participation, and food security. Governments must also ensure that human rights are integrated in their own domestic climate action.

  4. Governments should sign a declaration reaffirming their commitment to promoting a just transition of the workforce. Workers should not be impoverished by efforts to combat climate change. This declaration would recognize the importance of including workers in decision-making affecting their own lives, such as in decarbonizing the economy and taking into account communities impacted by revenue losses.

  5. To ensure that the knowledge and perspectives of local communities and indigenous peoples are included in implementing the climate policies that would affect them, governments must finalize the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform.