Safeguarding Human Rights


A reading to learn about the effects of climate change on human rights, governmental responsibility in addressing these human rights issues, assessment of actions implemented, and recommendations on integrating human rights considerations with climate adaptation and mitigation actions.

Students will read about, understand, and discuss the impact of climate change on human rights in the context of ecosystems and natural resources; human settlements; and livelihoods, health, and security. They will also learn about specific governmental obligations to protect human rights of different groups of people in the context of the environment and climate change. Further, students will read about mechanisms to evaluate the measures that address human rights considerations, and will learn about recommendations to better integrate human rights into climate-specific actions at the national and international level.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the human rights that are affected by the impact of climate change on freshwater resources and terrestrial ecosystems.
  2. What are the impacts of climate change on livelihood, health, and security? Which human rights are affected in these scenarios?
  3. With regard to the environmental impacts of governmental activities, what are the procedural obligations imposed on governments by human rights law?

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By United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University

Hosted at Columbia University

Language: English

Location: Global

Grade: Undergraduate

Access: Online, Offline

Computer Skills: Basic

Discipline: Humanities, Social Sciences

Discipline Topics: Human Rights

Climate Topics: Policies, Politics, and Environmental Governance