• Applying a Human Rights-Based Approach to Climate Change Negotiations, Policies and Measures (+)

    The Human Rights Council has recognized that “climate change-related impacts have a range of implications, both direct and indirect, for the effective enjoyment of human rights”. In affirming that “human rights obligations and commitments have the potential to inform and strengthen international and national policymaking in the area of climate change,” it reminded us of the importance of applying a human rights-based approach to the global response to the crisis. (Resolution 10/4, 25 March 2009)

    A human rights-based approach should be integrated in any climate change adaptation or mitigation measures, such as the promotion of alternative energy sources, forest conservation or tree-planting projects, resettlement schemes and others. Focusing on the rights of those who are already vulnerable and marginalized due to poverty and discrimination, a human rights-based approach to climate change can be a useful tool to complement international efforts aimed at tackling the adverse effects of global warming.

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