Call for human rights-based climate action
LWF Youth secretary says climate change disproportionately impacts women, youth, indigenous communities
Meaningful climate policies and action must address the human rights perspective of the disproportionate impact of climate change on women, youth, minority groups and indigenous communities. This was a key recommendation from The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), other faith-based and civil society organizations co-hosting a side-event at the ongoing 41st session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Panelists at the 28 June side-event included LWF Youth secretary Ms Pranita Biswasi. She emphasized LWF’s faith commitment to care for God’s creation and “to always include an intergenerational approach, bearing in mind that action or inaction today will impact future generations.”
The panel discussion coincided with the release of an analytical study by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on a gender-responsive climate action for the full and effective enjoyment of women’s human rights. It is a critical time in the Paris Agreement implementation schedule as 2020 is the deadline for States to submit new or updated agreements indicating commitment to reduce global warming or their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
“As countries finalize the adoption of the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement, meaningful climate action should be designed with the inclusion of young people and women and implemented as gender and generational responsive. It must also promote human rights, justice for marginalized communities and respect the well-being of other species,” Biswasi said.
Meaningful climate action should be designed with the inclusion of young people and women and implemented as gender and generational responsive.
“We are reminded of our interdependence and our common humanity. One country, one person, one gender or one generation alone cannot protect and avoid the dangerous impacts of climate change,” she added.