Wednesday, March 25, 2009

United Nations Report on Climate Change and Human Rights

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) concludes in a recent study that human rights safeguards must be integrated into any policies and measures to address climate change.

The OHCHR study is being considered by the United Nations Human Rights Council during its current session from 2 to 27 March, and it will be made available to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Copenhagen, in December.

The document explains how the rights to life, food, and water are under specific threat from the anticipated impacts of climate change.

It also emphasizes that adverse effects of climate change on human rights affect some groups harder than others, with women, children and indigenous peoples being particularly vulnerable. This vulnerability is described as being potentially aggravated by political factors, such as discrimination and unequal power relationships.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 6:30 pm

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