• Development, climate change and human rights From the Margins to the Mainstream? (+)

    Since 2005, a growing number of vulnerable communities and nations have used the human rights lexicon to argue their case for an urgent and ambitious response to climate change. The purpose of this Social Development Department Working paper is to examine the emergence of a new discourse linking climate change and human rights, and to assess its social and political implications, particularly as they relate to development practitioners. The scope of this paper is to explore what relevance this new discourse has on what David Kennedy calls the “vocabularies, expertise, and sensibilities” of development practitioners (Kennedy 2005).

    The outcomes and implications of linking human rights and climate change. This section explores how vulnerable populations have used human rights as a transformative socio-political strategy, altering the vocabularies, expertise, and sensibilities of those working on climate change and development; and shaping climate change analysis, process, advocacy, instrument design, and resource allocation. The visibility of many of the leading advocates of a human rights-based approach to climate change has grown substantially leading to greater influence, particularly within the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.