Climate Change Handbook for NHRIs

The climate change crisis poses a threat to human rights around the world. National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) can play a critical role in responding to the crisis by ensuring that human rights are protected from the impacts of climate change. Actions that NHRIs can take include: designing effective mitigation and adaptation measures, ensuring that measures are designed and implemented in a way that respects human rights, and that a recourse is available for violation of rights.

The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and the German Institute for Human Rights have developed a manual entitled Climate Change and Human Rights: The Contributions of National Human Rights Institutions., which examines the unique role that NHRIs can play. The handbook outlines different forms of action that NHRIs can take on climate change and highlights good practices from NHRIs around the world.

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The link between human rights and climate change

Impacts of climate change on human rights
Human rights impacts of responses to climate change

Human rights obligations in relation to climate change

State obligations in the face of the impacts of climate change
Procedural rights in response to climate change
Corporate human rights responsibilities

Main institutions protecting human rights in the context of climate change

International human rights institutions and mechanisms
International institutions on climate change
National courts and regional bodies

How National Human Rights Institutions Engage

Protect human rights
Promotion of human rights

Planning, cooperation and leadership by example

The way forward for NHRI engagement
Planning, cooperation and leadership by example