Climate change presents a serious obstacle to the realisation of the rights to water and sanitation. Water is a key medium through which climate change impacts upon human populations and ecosystems, particularly due to predicted changes in water quality and quantity. The inter-linked and inter-dependent nature of human rights calls for more holistic approaches and inter-sectoral thinking in climate change policy-making. The human rights to health, housing (including secure tenure), and food are foremost among these, along with human rights guarantees for greater transparency, active, free and meaningful participation, and strengthen accountability in climate change decision-making. Climate change, including its projected impacts upon the rights to water and sanitation, should be seen as an integral part of national development and poverty reduction planning processes, for the sake of improved legal and policy coherence
|Topic:||Environment / Climate Change, Water & Sanitation|
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