At the closing plenary of eighth part of the second session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (UNFCCC ADP 2.8), which took place from 8 to 13 February 2015 in Geneva, Costa Rica announced the Geneva Pledge on Human Rights and Climate Action. The pledge is a voluntary initiative undertaken by countries to facilitate the sharing of best practice and knowledge between human rights and climate experts at a national level.
In recognizing the injustice faced by the poorest and most vulnerable people who are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change, this diverse group of countries pledge to enable meaningful collaboration between national representatives in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the processes of the Human Rights Council. The practical and constructive initiative will help countries to better design climate action that is good for people as well as the planet.
The pledge was initially signed by 18 countries which includes representatives from Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Small Island Developing States: Chile, Costa Rica, France, Guatemala, Ireland, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mexico, Palau, Panama, Peru, Philippines,Uganda, Uruguay, Samoa, and Sweden.
The Geneva Pledge on Human Rights in Climate Action has since been signed by more countries. More information and an up-to-date list of signatories coming soon.