Contributions to the Report on Climate Change and Human Rights – a Safe Climate


The Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE) in collaboration with our members and partners and in response to the Call for Inputs: Climate Change and Human Rights – a Safe Climate, presents this contribution to  Question 2 of the questionnaire regarding the specific obligations of the States to address the main drivers of climate change. This contribution features the inputs of Ana Lucía Maya-Aguirre and Héctor Herrera-Santoyo of the Observatory for the Marine and Coastal Governance (Colombia), Dr. Josh Gellers of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of North Florida (U.S.), Dr Kirsten Davies, Professor at Macquarie Law School of Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia); Dr. Anna Grear, Professor of Law and Theory, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University (Cardiff, Wales); Dr Tom Kerns, Director, Environment and Human Rights Advisory; Steering Group, Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change.

The first part addresses the critical need to recognize the relation among climate justice, the enjoyment of human rights, the protection of coastal communities, and the need to increase cooperation with and among small island countries (which we call “big ocean States”). The second part of this submission derives from The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change Advisory Opinion released on April 12, 2019; it summarizes those portions of the Advisory Opinion relevant to States’ obligation to protect against climate change.

The full submission is available at this link.

Feature image:  Island Nation of Kiribati affected by Climate Change (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)