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IBON at UN HRC seminar: ‘Climate finance must do justice to poor, adhere to human rights’

As climate change financing starts to flow, the international community must ensure that the money is used in ways that adhere to human rights and do justice to the poor and marginalized, an IBON International representative told fellow participants of a United Nations seminar in Geneva, Switzerland on 23 February 2012.

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Maria Theresa Lauron of IBON International spoke as a panelist at the seminar on climate change and human rights of the UN Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 23-24 February.

The two-day seminar was convened by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights to further awareness of the links between human rights and climate change, and to improve ties between the human rights and climate change communities.

Panelists in the seminar included representatives from various UN agencies. Ms. Lauron was part of the panel on international cooperation and respect for human rights in all human rights situations.

Ms. Lauron’s presentation focused on human rights challenges facing climate change financing.

“As the climate finance architecture takes shape and money starts to flow into countries at scale, the issue of climate finance effectiveness increasingly comes to the fore, above all to do justice to the poor and marginalized whose rights and development prospects are being diminished,” she said.

She noted the lack of human rights adherence in climate finance, as seen in traditional aid relationships being replicated in climate finance provision, as well as the lack of rules in making developed countries fulfill their financing commitments.

Ms. Lauron recommended that the international community emplace tougher rules for developed countries to keep to their financing promises, and enable developing countries to strengthen democratic ownership over external climate monies.

A summary report of the seminar will be presented at the June 2012 session of the Human Rights Council and made available to the 18th session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Ms. Lauron’s presentation can be downloaded in the link below.

Human rights issues in international climate change finance: the case for climate justice