Human Rights and Climate Change

The connection between climate change and human rights is beginning to get fuller attention. The Cancun Agreements (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/L.7, paras 93-4) call for  submissions on “a forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures.” On behalf of Berkeley’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, Zoe Loftus-Farren and Cáitrín McKiernan have offered a submission, suggesting that the UNFCCC mandate an internal process to support states in the development and implementation of climate policy. The process– to include the full range of stakeholders — including state representatives, international human rights and humanitarian agencies, and civil society — would ensure that all mitigation and adaptation policies incorporate international human rights standards and best practices.

At the Copenhagen climate meeting, a previous version of the paper was presented, edited by Berkeley’s Laurel Fletcher and Alice Miller, along with Michelle Leighton at USF  and Cymie Payne, currently at Lewis & Clark.