Climate Change: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the effect of climate change on human rights in countries particularly affected by climate change.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee

This Government is committed to securing a new global, legally-binding agreement on climate change by the end of 2015, which we firmly believe is the most effective way to minimise the impact of climate change on vulnerable states. The impact of climate change on the realisation of individuals’ human rights was most recently discussed at the UN Human Rights Council in June this year, when the Government supported a resolution on climate change and human rights and called for an expert discussion on how to address the adverse impacts of climate change on individuals’ human rights. We also continue to make it clear at all levels, and in all appropriate fora, that states should ensure they meet their human rights obligations when taking action to tackle climate change.

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