5 November 2019 | 16:30-18:00
Palais des Nations | Room XXI
This event reflected on the importance of addressing human rights in climate action, including through the implementation of the Paris Agreement. It illustrated the importance of a rights-based approach to climate change and climate action, with a focus on two specific themes: land and human mobility.
The issue of land, human rights and climate change is currently being reviewed by the Committee on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights as the committee is finalizing the drafting of its upcoming General Comment on Land and the Covenant. In the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent Special Report on Land it is stressed that participatory and rights-based policies in the land sector could contribute effectively to mitigating climate change and to strengthening resilience. Therefore, a rights-based approach to land is key to ambitious climate action limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas provide critical legal frameworks for a rights-based approach.
The recent IPCC special reports have confirmed the importance of anticipating climate-induced human mobility that is triggered both by extreme weather events and by slow and sudden onset events. These changes have been addressed through various institutions, including the Global Compact on Migration, the Sendai Framework, the Human Rights Council and its special procedures, the Platform on Disasters Displacement and the Task Force on Displacement established under the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss & Damage.
The upcoming Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC is expected to deliver relevant decisions related to both of these issues during their next convening. This includes the review of the Warsaw International Mechanism, the guidelines related to carbon trading mechanisms and the continuation of several work programmes relevant to the land sector.
The event was live on facebook.
Public Dialogue: Land, Human Mobility, Climate and Human Rights,
Room XXI, Palais des Nations
Facilitation: Sébastien Duyck, CIEL