Press Conference 10 December 2015 at 10:00am, Press Room 2
21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change
On Human Rights Day, UN Human Rights Experts Urge Rights-Based Climate Action
With one day remaining before the international community is supposed to reach a new legally binding agreement to address climate change, UN Human Rights experts have gathered in Paris to advocate for the integration of human rights considerations.
There can be no doubt that climate change has both direct and indirect impacts on a range of human rights, including the rights to life, food, water, health, housing, and development. The human rights community has lobbied hard to ensure a just agreement that explicitly aims to respect and protect the rights of all persons, particularly the most vulnerable, and ensure a healthy planet for this and future generations.
On this International Human Rights Day, States have one more chance to honour their commitment made 67 years ago today when they adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in this very city. The Declaration, together with the instruments that followed it form the heart of an international legal framework intended to prevent the human toll of WWII from ever repeating itself and to guarantee everyone a life of human dignity.
In this briefing, human rights experts will explain how the human rights framework can confront evolving threats, including those posed by climate change and will address continuing efforts to integrate human rights considerations in the Paris negotiations.
– Craig Mokhiber (Chief, Development & Economic & Social Issues Branch, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights)
– John Knox (United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment)
– Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)
For More Information and to Schedule Interviews Contact:
Benjamin Schachter, Human Rights Officer
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
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