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Habi supports demand to enshrine human rights in 2015 climate agreement

December 11, 2014 by   ·   No comments

The Habi Center for Environmental Rights supports the call on the ministers meeting in Lima to enshrine ‘human rights for all’ in the next year’s global climate agreement.

In an open letter to top decision-makers published today, individuals and organisations warn that “a safe climate is critical to the full enjoyment of human rights, including the rights to life, health, food, water, adequate housing, and self-determination.”

Yet, the groups warn, there is also increasing recognition by the UN Human Rights Council and others that “climate change and certain actions being taken to address climate change interfere with the enjoyment of human rights protected under international law.”

With negotiations for the 2015 Paris agreement underway, now is the time to fully integrate rights protections into the foundations of the new treaty, the groups say. They call on ministers to:

Recognise the adverse effects of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights, and to adopt urgent and ambitious mitigation and adaptation measures to prevent further harm.

Include language in the 2015 climate agreement that provides that the Parties shall, in all climate change related actions, respect, protect, promote, and fulfill human rights for all.

Launch a new UNCCC ‘work programme’ to ensure that human rights are integrated into all aspects of climate actions.

Read the full text of the letter and see who signed here: http://www.careclimatechange.org/files/Letter_Signatories_HR_Climate.pdf

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