European Union

21 May 2015

Open Letter from MEPs to the CDM Board on the Santa Rita hydroelectric plant project

Dear Mr Schneider and Mr Buendia,
As a Member of the European Parliament committed to the respect of Human Rights, we are writing to you to express our serious concern about the Santa Rita Hydroelectric Plant in the Dolores River in Guatemala, which was registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in June 2014 (project number 9713).
In a meeting in March 2015 with a representative of the local indigenous communities we learnt that many of the communities that will be impacted by the project were never consulted in accordance with the CDM local stakeholder consultation requirements. As a result, the project has been, and still is, in the center of a violent conflict between the communities and the power company implementing this project.

28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! Boletín ONG #11: ”Visita de las instituciones financieras internacionales: activistas viajan a Europa para discutir la responsabilidad en la financiación para la lucha contra el cambio climático”

Activistas de África, Asia y Centroamérica se reunieron con las instituciones financiera y los responsables implicados en la financiación de proyectos de desarrollo con el fin de compartir sus experiencias en los mecanismos existentes de atenuación de los cambios climáticos, como el Mecanismo de desarrollo limpio (MDL), y destacar los graves impactos de estos mecanismos de la ONU sobre los derechos humanos fundamentales. La responsabilidad en la financiación para la lucha contra el cambio climático se debatió entonces desde una perspectiva europea.

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28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #11: ”A tour around international financial institutions: activists visit Europe to discuss accountability of climate finance”

Sharing experiences with existing climate mitigation mechanisms, such as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and highlighting the severe impacts on basic human rights these UN mechanisms can have, activists from Africa, Asia and Central America met with financial institutions and policy makers involved in financing these projects. The accountability of climate finance was thereby discussed from a European perspective.

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17 Mar 2015

Open letter to Mr Stavros Lambrinidis – EU Special Representative for Human Rights

24 February 2015
Subject: Promoting human rights in all climate actions – EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy
Dear Mr Lambrinidis, the undersigned organisations urge you to include in the updated EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy an objective for the EU to pursue a human rights based approach in all areas of its external action without exception, including climate change related activities. Climate change is a global injustice to present and future generations, and one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. We are highly concerned about the grave harm that climate change is already causing both in Europe and beyond, and will continue to cause, to people and communities as well as to the environment on which we all depend.