Should human rights be at the heart of climate change policy?

Talk September 16, 2010 7:00 PM

What will be the impact of climate change on the world’s poorest people? Floods, droughts, hurricanes, sea-level rise, and seasonal unpredictability, have all linked to excessive carbon emissions. The resulting failed harvests, destroyed homes, water scarcity, and deepening health crises are undermining millions of peoples rights to life, security, food, water, health and shelter.

The relationship between the enjoyment of these basic human rights and the quality of the human environment was first recognised by the UN General Assembly in the late 1960s.

As the formal UN Review Meeting of the Millennium Development Goals approaches, join us at the Frontline Club discuss the impact of climate change on them being realised.

At this third and final event in a series in association with Communications INC we will also be discussing whether climate change rights violations can be remedied in courts of law and if human rights principles should be put at the heart of international climate change policy.

Chaired by Julian Rush, Channel 4 News science correspondent


Lawrence McGinty, health and science editor ITV news

Colm Ó Cuanacháin, Senior Director of Campaigns at Amnesty International

Christoph Schwarte, Staff Lawyer, Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD)

Marine Destrez, researcher at Leadership for Environment and Development International (LEAD)


Picture credit: Brendan Cox/Oxfam