UN Climate Change News, June 2, 2021 – The general public is invited to participate in a new online introductory course on climate change and human rights. The seven-part course can be taken at any time and aims to provide participants with tools to better understand and take action in the face of challenges and opportunities related to climate change and human rights.
The course demonstrates the importance of participatory rights-based climate action. Human rights obligations require the international community to take more ambitious action to reduce emissions, support resilience that benefits people, groups and peoples in vulnerable situations, and address the loss and damage associated with the impacts. of climate change.
“The climate crisis is the greatest threat to our survival as a species and already threatens human rights around the world.” – UN Secretary General António Guterres, February 2020
From hurricanes affecting communities in the Caribbean to rising sea levels threatening lives and livelihoods in the Pacific, heat waves and droughts across Europe, and people displaced in the context of ” extreme weather events, floods and droughts, the effects of climate change are already impacting human rights, including the rights to food, water and sanitation, to decent housing , health, personal safety and even life itself.
Climate change disproportionately affects the world’s most disadvantaged people – those who are the poorest, most at risk, and who have the fewest resources to withstand climatic shocks and stresses such as extreme weather events. Climate action that is not anchored in a human rights-based approach risks further violating human rights.
Increased awareness and education on human rights and climate change are essential for effective, rights-based climate action that benefits people and the planet. In response to this need, the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UN Climate Change collaborated to develop a introductory course on climate change and human rights, with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).
The new course is hosted on the UNCC Learning Platform and can be accessed here.