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Connecting the Dots Between Climate and Human Rights : COP26

Pathways for Just Transition: A Rights-based Approach to Climate Change (4th of November at 8:15 – 9:45 am, at the Nordic Pavilion)




Climate change adaptation is no longer a choice, but a necessity to save lives, enhance resilience and protect human rights.  This is why adaptation must become a core part of countries’ and communities’ response to climate change, alongside climate mitigation measures. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned, in its latest report, that the adverse effects of climate change are hitting us faster than anticipated, and confirmed that some of the changes in our climate have become “irreversible”. Without urgent action, the climate crisis will become one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time, exacerbating inequalities, deepening precarity and threatening livelihoods and lives.


Besides the direct human rights impacts of climate change itself, measures designed to mitigate or adapt to climate change can also negatively impact human rights. Thus, it is essential to implement a rights-based approach not only to protect people, but also to ensure that actions designed to slow and respond to climate change, as well as to remedy its consequences, are undertaken in a way that safeguard and promote human rights.


Besides the direct human rights impacts of climate change itself, measures designed to mitigate or adapt to climate change can also negatively impact human rights. Thus, it is essential to implement a rights-based approach not only to protect people, but also to ensure that actions designed to slow and respond to climate change, as well as to remedy its consequences, are undertaken in a way that safeguard and promote human rights.


What is the objective of this workshop?


The overall objective of this  event is to stimulate and deepen discussions. It is also to identify potential initiatives related to human rights, climate change adaptation, and healthy ecosystems to ensure a just transition that protect rights of people, whilst building social-ecological resilience.


This session will follow a highly interactive format. First, we will screen a short movie entitled: “The Last Breath of Tonle Sap”. It depicts the adverse impacts of climate change and the construction of the hydroelectric dams on the Mekong on Piseth and his family. After the screening, we will reflect on issues related to the interlinkages between climate change and human rights.


Finally, the facilitators will undertake a “futuristic activity” where they will ask the participants to come up with solutions to various real-life climate scenarios in human rights terms. We believe that this will help participants connect the dots between human rights and climate change, and identify strategies and recommendations to advocate for at COP 26, and in their respective countries. For those of you who are attending the COP 26 summit in person, please feel free to join us on October 31 at 13-15.00 pm at the Nordic Pavilion.


Read more  [Nordic Pavillion at COP26, Glasgow]


Related publications :

Prosperous and green in the Anthropocene: The human right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia
The Right to Safe Water in Southeast Asia
Women’s Human Rights and the Right to a Clean, Safe, Healthy, and Sustainable Environment


Get in touch 

If you wish to know more about what we are doing on Human Rights and Environment or want to hear more about our activities at COP, please contact: 

Victor Bernard