OHCHR Calls for a Human Rights Approach to Tackling Climate Change
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December 2008: As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2008, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has stressed that a wide range of universally recognized rights – such as the right to food, to adequate housing and water, and to life – are under threat […]

A human rights approach to tackling climate change
December 2008: As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2008, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has stressed that a wide range of universally recognized rights – such as the right to food, to adequate housing and water, and to life – are under threat due to climate change. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the Poznań Climate Change Conference to take into account the human rights impacts of climate change, and to protect the most vulnerable people.

Earlier this year, the Human Rights Council mandated the OHCHR to
undertake a study on the interlinkages between human rights and climate
change. This study emphasizes the need for a human rights-based
approach to provide the legal rationale to climate change policies and
programmes currently under negotiation, indicating that human
well-being and security in developed and developing countries are under
risk. The study also gives special consideration to the poorest and
most marginalized groups, as age, gender, and socioeconomic status can
reduce or increase vulnerability. The Human Rights Council will
consider the study in March 2009 and make it available for the round of
climate negotiations scheduled to take place in Copenhagen, in December
2009. [OHCHR Press Release]

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