The Growing Climate Rights Movement (October 2016)

Originally appeared on Huffington Post and Center for International Environmental Law By Alyssa Johl As the international community prepares for the Paris Climate Agreement to take effect on November 4, there are many reasons to celebrate this historic moment. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shared his reflections: “What once seemed unthinkable is now unstoppable. Strong international support … Continued

UN Human Rights Council declares climate a priority (July 13, 2016)

Originally published by Climate Home By Sebastien Duycks At the beginning of this month, the Human Rights Council adopted by consensus a new resolution on Human Rights and Climate Change, emphasising the links between UN climate negotiations and the protection of human rights. A core group comprised of Bangladesh and the Philippines – the two … Continued

Dispatches: Protecting the Climate, Protecting Human Rights (May 16, 2016)

Originally published by Human Rights Watch. By Katharina Rall Policymakers are converging on Bonn, Germany this week to hammer out details so countries can begin implementing the Paris climate agreement. As they work, they would do well to remember the speeches given by government leaders at the April 22 signing ceremony at the United Nations. … Continued

“Your Promise, Our Future”: Why Signing the Paris Climate Agreement Matters for Children (April 22, 2015)

Republished from UNICEF Photo: Students make their way to school after heavy floods in Bogra, Bangladesh. Photo: Unicef/2014/Paul By Joni Pegram Today, world leaders will gather in New York to sign the Paris Climate Agreement, the international environmental accord that was finally secured following intense negotiations between every country in the world at COP21 last December. … Continued

Signing the Climate Change Deal is Just the Beginning (April 19, 2016)

Originally published in Foreign Policy in Focus. By: Katharina Rall The signing ceremony at the United Nations this week for the climate deal brokered in Paris last year will be a moment of truth. Already, more than 130 governments, including the United States and China, have promised to be here. But what will really count … Continued

Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders (April 18, 2016)

Republished from the Interfaith Climate Change Statement Photo: The Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders was officially handed over to H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly at the UN Church Centre, April 18th 2016. Credit. Paul Hunt/ WCC ADD YOUR NAME & SUPPORT TO THE INTERFAITH CLIMATE CHANGE STATEMENT TO WORLD … Continued

Has the World Really Changed? (December 30, 2015)

Republished from Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law, and Development Several governments have been arguing that we are living in a different world where historical inequalities between countries are disappearing. They suggest that the principle of ‘Common but Differentiated Responsibilities’ needs to be reviewed with actions and finance not based on historical responsibility (or climate … Continued

COP 21 : Réaction d’ATD Quart Monde à L’accord Sur Le Climat (December 24, 2015)

Originally published by ATD Quart Monde Une prise de conscience universelle sans précédent, mais la vigilance s’impose sur le sort des plus vulnérables L’accord climat conclu à la COP21 marque un pas important dans la lutte contre le changement climatique. ATD Quart Monde salue l’objectif commun aux 195 États de contenir l’élévation de la température … Continued