29 May 2015
As we approach the second half of 2015 – and the Bonn climate change conference – with high expectations for a new climate agreement to be reached at COP21 in Paris, it’s useful to take a step back and consider some of the important issues concerning land use and forests currently under negotiation.
We have seen an unprecedented focus on human rights more recently within the climate change negotiations. There are proposals to include references to human rights in the Geneva text, as well as various proposals concerning a ‘rights-based approach’ to the new climate agreement, particularly on the subject of land use and forests.
The International Bar Association has recently highlighted how climate change undermines internationally protected human rights, including the rights to life, health and subsistence.
It is argued by leading lawyers that coverage of human rights in the Geneva text remains insufficient. At ADP 2.8, 18 countries signed the Geneva Pledge on Human Rights and Climate Action, calling for a strengthening of the relationship between the two processes. Multiple international agreements applicable to human rights are already in place.