2015 – Open letter to CDM board to implement UN obligations to respect human rights

9 October 2015

“We, the undersigned, comprised of 98 networks, organizations and concerned citizens including Members of the European Parliament, from 36 countries, urge you to adopt the recommendations presented to you in the UNFCCC Secretariat’s “Concept Note: Improving stakeholder consultation processes”as a critical step towards operationalizing human rights in climate action.

The need for human rights protections when developing and implementing mitigation activities (such as CDM projects) has been recognized by the Parties to the UNFCCC, when they adopted the Cancun Agreements, Decision 1/CP.16, that emphasize that “Parties should, in all climate change related actions, fully respect human rights” (para 8).”