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Climate Change and Human Rights: U.N. Organizations/Bodies

Developed by Anna Ansari. Updated by Rosemary Campagna

United Nations Organizations/Bodies

  • United Nations    Edit or Delete link_2455068  Get Quick Stats
    This link leads to the United Nations' "Gateway to the UN System's Work on Climate Change."

    Of particular use to a researcher interested in human rights and climate change is the list, at the bottom of the initial webpage, of UN “partners on climate change.” Clicking on any of the organizational logos will lead a researcher to that particular organization’s webpage dealing with climate change issues.
  • United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)    Edit or Delete link_2455082  Get Quick Stats
    UNEP is the United Nations’ system’s environmental body. Its mandate is “to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.”

    This links to UNEP's work on climate change.
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)    Edit or Delete link_2455090  Get Quick Stats
    The IPCC is a twenty-one year-old intergovernmental body that was established by the United Nations Environmental Programme and the World Meteorological Organization to provide the world with scientific information about the state of climate change and its effects. While it does not conduct its own scientific research, the IPCC synthesizes, assesses and complies climate change-related data and publishes annual assessment reports on the state of global climate change.
  • United Nations Development Programme    Edit or Delete link_2455096  Get Quick Stats
    This is a link to UNDP’s webpage on climate change. UNDP is the United Nations’ program on global development.

    UNDP’s climate change activities include assisting countries in developing adaptation measures to soften the impact of climate change on human lives, helping the impoverished adapt to climate change, and strengthening the capacity of the least developed countries to adopt less carbon intensive development mechanisms.
  • United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights    Edit or Delete link_2455107  Get Quick Stats
    The OHCHR is the United Nations’ principal human rights body, and in 2008 prepared a study on climate change and human rights, which can be found in the “Reports” tab of the “Secondary Sources.”

    The OHCHR maintains a webpage devoted solely to the relationship between human rights and climate change. This webpage is an invaluable research tool and a fantastic starting point for anyone researching climate change and human rights.
  • United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs    Edit or Delete link_2455114  Get Quick Stats
    This links to OCHA’s main climate change page ("Climate Change: Coping with the Humanitarian Impact"), which in turn leads to pages of information about the humanitarian impact of climate change. OCHA is a helpful resource for a researcher interested not only in the legal aspects of climate change and human rights, but also in the actual faces of those people whose lives and rights will be negatively affected by climate change.