The Geneva Pledge for Human Rights in Climate Action

We, the undersigned, note that climate change-related impacts have a range of implications, both direct and indirect, for the effective enjoyment of human rights, and recognize that while these implications affect individuals and communities around the world, the effects of climate change will be felt most acutely by those segments of the population who are already in vulnerable situations owing to factors such as geography, poverty, gender, age, indigenous or minority status and disability.

We also note that human rights obligations and commitments have the potential to inform and strengthen international and national policy making in the area of climate change, promoting policy coherence, legitimacy and sustainable outcomes.

We recall that this relationship between climate change and human rights has been recognised by both the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change2 (UNFCCC) and by the Human Rights Council3 (HRC), and can be further strengthened.

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