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23 Sep 2022

Side event at the 51st Human Rights Council Session:

Regional Efforts to Address Climate-induced Loss and Damage and Human Rights

Monday 26 September, 14h00-15h00 (CET) | Palais des Nations, Room XXV, Geneva, Switzerland and online

 

Climate-related sudden- and slow-onset events are already leading to economic and non-economic loss and damage, which can no longer be avoided even if sufficient mitigation and adaptation measures were implemented. This results in violations of a wide range of human rights, including the rights to life, health, food, water, housing, education, decent work, cultural rights and the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. The recent floods in Pakistan, drought in the Horn of Africa and fires across Europe and other countries are a stark reminder of this. The risk of climate harms and their potential impacts on the full enjoyment of human rights are especially high for people and communities in vulnerable situations or who have been historically marginalised, such as women, children, Indigenous Peoples, peoples with disabilities, and people living in rural areas.

Join us for a side event on “Regional Efforts to Address Climate-induced Loss and Damage and Human Rights” which will be held at the 51st Human Rights Council Session in Geneva and online on 26 September 2022 at 2:00-3:00 CEST

The side event continues the conversation from the 21st edition of the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights (ASEMHRS21) which pertained to Human Rights & Climate Change and was held in March 2022 in Luxembourg and online, and which concluded that stronger concerted international cooperation is needed to address the unfolding climate emergency to deliver sustainable and equitable solutions for all.  It further highlighted the role of human rights bodies, instruments, and processes in bridging this gap and how ongoing law- and policy-making processes at the national, regional, and international level can offer new avenues for addressing this concern.

 

The side event will provide the opportunity to

  • Discuss the human rights implications of loss and damage in the context of climate change,
  • Identify existing good practices for addressing loss and damage in Asia and Europe, and
  • Explore the role of the Human Rights Council and other international human rights bodies in contributing to rights-based approaches to addressing the adverse impacts of climate change.

 

Speakers:

  • H.E. Marc Bichler, Permanent Representative of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg to UNOG
  • H.E. Tori Morikawa, Executive Director, Asia-Europe Foundation
  • Dr Annalisa Savaresi, Associate Professor in International Environmental Law, University of Eastern Finland / Lead Rapporteur of the 21st Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights (ASEMHRS21)
  • Dr Ian Fry, UN Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of human rights in the context of climate change
  • Joie Chowdhury, Program Coordinator for Environment & ESCR, International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ESCR-Net

Moderator:

  • Lien Vandamme, Senior Campaigner, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

 

For further information, please refer to the Concept Note.

 

To join online:  https://ungeneva-vc.webex.com/ungeneva-vc/j.php?MTID=mb65c345ed4110168a0c7dab9bff971d8

 

The event is co-organised by the Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the UN in Geneva, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and Asia-Europe Foundation together with the Informal ASEM Human Rights Seminar partners.

Find more information about the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights here.

 

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