Country Profile: Zambia

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(This profile was last updated on 20th October 2017)

Country Profile Overview: Zambia

Ratification of Human Rights-related Instruments relevant in the context of climate change

…ratified the following human rights instruments with relevance in the context of climate:

  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the ICCPR 1st optional protocol
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • Convention Against Torture
  • Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities
  • African Charter of Human and Peoples Rights

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Positions in the procedures of the UN Human Rights Council

…sponsored the following Human Rights Council’s resolution(s) on Human Rights and Climate Change:

  • HRC Resolution 7/23 (2008)
  • HRC Resolution 10/4 (2009)
  • HRC resolution 26/27 (2014)
  • HRC resolution 29/11 (2015)

UPR Universal Periodic Review (see Part 2 of the country profile for any reference mentioned in this section);

… will participate in the UPR in 6-17 Nov 2017, with a deadline for submission of information by civil society on  20.03.2017

Obligations, statements and reports in the context of UN Climate Negotiations

… has ratified the Paris Agreement which recognizes the need for parties to promote and respect human rights when taking climate action;

… emphasized the following principle(s) in its Nationally Determined Contributions submitted under the Paris Agreement:  public participation in the implementation of the NDC, gender equality or the role of women, food security,

… mentioned human rights in written submission to the UNFCCC in relation to the following issues:  the need for capacity building to support countries in implementing human rights-based actions (2016) the need for carbon trading to respect human rights (2017),

… supported publicly the inclusion of a reference to human rights in the text of the Paris Agreement;

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