Call to create an UNSR mandate on Human Rights and Climate Change

During the ongoing 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), which is taking place from 21 June to 15 July 2021, a large number of NGOs and academics have issued a call to create the office of a UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change. In an open letter, they have called for the creation of this mandate given that it “would enable the HRC to elevate its work on climate change in a systematic and sustainable way, protect people from runaway climate change and its unavoidable impacts, and promote respect for human rights in climate responses.” The letter was signed by 442 international, regional and national organisations, as well as a number of academics, and is available here, on the website of Franciscans International.

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