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Climate Change and Human Rights: International Organizations

Developed by Anna Ansari. Updated by Rosemary Campagna

Introduction to Relevant International Organizations

This section is split into relevant United Nations organizations and bodies, and non-U.N. organizations.

Wherever possible, the links lead to a climate change, human rights or climate change and human rights webpage within the organization. 


The United Nations organizations are grouped as follows:

  • General U.N. bodies
  • Climate change-related U.N. bodies
  • Human Rights, Development and Humanitarian bodies

Among the U.N. organizations listed are the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, both of which have released very useful reports about the interaction between climate change and human rights and which can be found in the "Reports" section under the "Secondary Sources" tab of this guide. 

The RSS feed of ReliefWeb, a United Nations website devoted to humanitarian relief information, is featured on the right-hand side of this page.


The non-United Nations organizations are grouped in order of descending utility for a researcher interested in climate change and human rights: the International Council on Human Rights offers a tremendous amount of information on the topic and can be used as a very helpful research starting point, whereas the Global Ecological Integrity Group, while useful, is not nearly as much so as the organizations that precede it.

Reports from the International Council on Human Rights Policy, EarthJustice, and the Center for International Environmental Law are available under in the "Reports" section under the "Secondary Sources" tab of this guide.

Additionally, the RSS feed of Global Humanitarian Forum is featured on the right-hand side of this page.

Global Humanitarian Forum's RSS Feed

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Relief Web's RSS Feed

ReliefWeb is a information service for the humanitarian relief community. While its website does not provide substantive human rights and climate change information, ReliefWeb does offer a relevant RSS feed.

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