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UN OHCHR Convenes Consultations on Climate Change and Human Rights

OHCHR study on the relationship between climate change and human rights 22 October 2008: The Office of the UN High Commissioner for

Human Rights (OHCHR) convened an open-ended consultation meeting on the

relationship between climate change and human rights on 22 October 2008, in

Geneva, Switzerland.

Over 150 representatives of States, inter-governmental

organizations, national human rights institutions and civil society

organizations contributed to a discussion on the interface between climate

change and human rights. The morning session focused on the human rights

implications of climate change and on the international dimension of the

climate change challenge.

The afternoon session focused on vulnerability

assessment and human rights in the context of climate change and on the value

the human rights perspective could bring to a new international framework to

deal with climate change under the UNFCCC. The Human Rights Council, in

resolution 7/23 of March 2008, mandated the OHCHR to conduct an analytical

study on the relationship between human rights and climate change.

The study

will be considered by the Council at its tenth session in March 2009. Together

with a summary of the Council's debate, the study will be made available to the

Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. [Consultation

Meeting Website] [Submissions

Received for the OHCHR Study] [Information

on the OHCHR Study]