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Climate Change and Human Rights: Declarations and Resolutions of Key Bodies

Developed by Anna Ansari. Updated by Rosemary Campagna

Resolutions and Declarations of Key Bodies

Below is a list of declarations and resolutions of key international bodies that deal with either human rights or human rights and climate change.  They are divided into three categories based on the resolution/declaration's place of origin, and are listed chronologically starting with the most recent.  I have also provided links to each resolution or declaration.

 


Declarations of the United Nations General Assembly:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Bluebook citation: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, G.A. Res. 217A (III), U.N. Doc. A/810 at 71 (1948).

United Nations Declaration on the Rights on Indigenous Peoples:

Bluebook citation: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, G.A. Res. 61/295, U.N. Doc. A/RES/61/295 (Sept. 13, 2007), 46 I.L.M. 1013 (2007).

 


Resolutions of the United Nations Human Rights Council and United Nations Commission on Human Rights:

United Nations Human Rights Council, Resolution 18/22: "Human Rights and Climate Change"

Bluebook citation: U.N. Human Rights Council Res. 18/22, U.N. Doc.A/HRC/RES/18/22 (Oct. 17, 2011)

Report submitted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as a result of 18/22

United Nations Human Rights Council, Resolution 13/17: "Social Forum"

Bluebook citation: U.N. Human Rights Council Res. 13/17, U.N. Doc. A/HRC/RES/13/17 (April 15, 2010)

Background Report submitted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as a result of 13/17

United Nations Human Rights Council, Resolution 10/4: "Human Rights and Climate Change"

Bluebook citation: U.N. Human Rights Council Res. 10/4, in U.N. Human Rights Council, Draft Report of the Human Rights Council on its Tenth Session 13, at 15, U.N. Doc. A/HRC/10/L.11 (Mar. 31, 2009).

Panel discussion held as a result of 10/4: summary of panel discussions 

United Nations Human Rights Council, Resolution 7/23: "Human rights and climate change"

Bluebook citation: U.N. Human Rights Council Res. 7/23, in U.N. Human Rights Council, Report of the Human Rights Council on Its Seventh Session, at 65, U.N. Doc. A/HRC/7/78 (July 14, 2008).

United Nations Human Rights Council, Resolution 6/27: "Adequate Housing as a Component of the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living"

Bluebook citation: U.N. Human Rights Council Res. 6/27, in U.N. Human Rights Council, Report of the Human Rights Council on its Sixth Session, at 51, U.N. Doc. A/HRC/6/22 (Apr. 14, 2008).

United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Resolution 2005/60: "Human Rights and the Environment as a Part of Sustainable Development"

Bluebook citation: U.N. Comm'n on Human Rights, Human Rights Res. 2005/60, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/RES/2005/60 (Apr. 20, 2005).

 


Other declarations/resolutions:

Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly, Resolution 2429: "Human Rights and Climate Change in the Americas"

Bluebook citation: Organization of American States (OAS), General Assembly Res. AG/Res. 2429 (XXXVII-O/08), OAS Doc. AG/doc.4886/08 (June 3, 2008).

American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man:

Bluebook citation: American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, OEA/Ser.L./V.II.23, doc. 21, rev. 6 (1948), reprinted in Basic Documents Pertaining to Human Rights in the Inter-American System, OEA/Ser.L.V./II.82, doc. 6, rev. 1 at 17.

Male Declaration on the Human Dimension of Global Climate Change:

Bluebook citation: Male Declaration on the Human Dimension of Global Climate Change, adopted Nov. 14, 2007, available at http://ciel.org/Publications/Male_Declaration_Nov07.pdf