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Climate Change and Human Rights: Non-U.N. Organizations

Developed by Anna Ansari. Updated by Rosemary Campagna

Relevant Non-U.N. Organizations

International Council on Human Rights (ICHR)    Edit or Delete link_2455120  Get Quick StatsThis links to the ICHR’s page on climate change and human rights.
Not only has the ICHR undertaken and published an excellent report on the human rights effects of climate change, but its website also provides a relatively useful bibliography on climate change and human rights, as well as a report on the human rights effects of climate change technology.
The ICHR is an excellent online starting point for a researcher interested in this topic.

Center for Environmental Law (CIEL)    Edit or Delete link_2455144  Get Quick StatsA nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. CIEL uses “international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society.” Among CIEL's many program areas are “Climate Change,” and “Human Rights and the Environment.” Relevant publications include “Human Rights and Climate Change: Practical Steps for Implementation” and the 2004 Inuit Petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

EarthJustice    Edit or Delete link_2455156  Get Quick StatsFounded in the early 1970s as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Earthjustice is a nonprofit public interest law firm headquartered in Oakland, CA whose mission is to protect the earth and its resources as well as to defend peoples’ right to a healthy environment.
One of Earthjustice’s main areas of work is in climate change. They, in conjunction with CIEL, worked to bring the 2005 Inuit petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.


International Union for the Conservation of Nature (ICUN)    Edit or Delete link_2455168  Get Quick StatsIUCN is the largest and oldest “global environmental network,” consisting of over 1,000 government and NGO organizations and over 10,000 scientists.
IUCN includes as part of its climate change initiative work devoted to climate change and social policy. The focuses of the social policy area of the IUCN’s climate change program are land rights and gender rights, issues which IUCN believes should be included and is working to include in an international climate change framework.


Climate Justice    Edit or Delete link_2455370  Get Quick StatsClimate Law believes law can act as a meaningful tool in combating climate change. This website provides links to cases and documents dealing with climate change, but unfortunately does not specifically address the human rights aspect of climate change.
This website would be most useful for a researcher interested in learning about the general legal aspects of climate change and enforcement actions being taken around the globe to combat climate change.

Inter-Amercian Commission of Human Rights/Inter-American Council of Human Rights    Edit or Delete link_2455191  Get Quick StatsThe Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights work to safeguard and promote the basic rights of people in the 35 member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS).
The Commission is the organization to which the Inuit petitioned regarding climate change-related human rights violations in 2005.

Global Ecological Integrity Group    Edit or Delete link_2455200  Get Quick StatsA group of more than 250 scholars and researchers from across the globe and academic disciplines, including public health, ecological economics, philosophy and international law committed to scholarly pursuit of “matters affecting and governing the sustainability of life for both present and future generations."


Global Environment Facility(GEF)GEF unites 183 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives.

Environmental Justice Foundation(EJF)                                                                                                                                                                                                The Environmental Justice Foundation is a UK based non-profit organization working internationally to protect the environment and defend human rights. EJF’s Home Truths – Climate Witness Network empowers and connects people by providing a platform where people can share their experiences of our changing world.