Sectores solicitan incluir Derechos Humanos en las discusiones de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre Cambio Climático


La siguiente carta fue suscrita por cientos de organizaciones y redes de sociedad civil de todo el mundo, que pretenden hacer un llamado a la Convención Marco de la Naciones Unidas para el Cambio Climático –CMNUCC-, para que se incluyan los derechos humanos en sus discusiones sobre políticas y acciones.

En ella se solicita a todas las Partes reconocer que el cambio climático ha producido serios daños a los derechos humanos, principalmente en los países más pobres, y que es imperativo tomar medidas urgentes de mitigación y adaptación para evitar posteriores y mayores daños.

La carta fue presentada durante la Vigésima Conferencia de Partes de la CMNUCC que se celebrará en Lima del 1 al 12 de diciembre del presente año.

Entre las organizaciones firmantes está la Red Centroamericana de Acción del Agua – FANCA- y su secretariado la Asociación Regional Centroamericana para el Agua y el Ambiente –ARCA-, entre otras redes y organizaciones de la Región.


Human rights protections for all in the 2015 climate agreement

We, the undersigned organizations, call for language in the 2015 climate agreement stating that the Parties to the UNFCCC shall, in all climate change‐related actions, respect, protect, promote, and fulfill human rights for all.

Climate change is a global injustice to present and future generations, and one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. We are highly concerned about the grave harm that climate change is already causing, and will continue to cause, to people and communities as well as to the environment on which we all depend. It has a disproportionate impact on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, and we are increasingly exceeding adaptation limits, resulting in significant loss and damage, as documented by the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

Change (IPCC). The report also highlights that current emission reduction actions are insufficient to limit global warming to the 1.5 degrees needed to avoid the most catastrophic of predicted impacts.

A safe climate is critical to the full enjoyment of human rights, including the rights to life, health, food, water, adequate housing, and self‐determination. However, it is well recognized—by the UN

Human Rights Council and others—that climate change and certain actions being taken to address climate change interfere with the enjoyment of human rights protected under international law. For this reason, in 2010, the Parties to the UNFCCC agreed that “Parties should, in all climate change related actions, fully respect human rights.” We regard this recognition of existing obligations as critical for a range of aspects, including with regard to safeguards and accountability for all climate actions, full and effective participation, and support for poorer countries whose capacities to protect their citizens’ human rights are strained by climate change impacts. However, we are concerned that this language has not been further operationalized in the UNFCCC process.

With negotiations for the Paris agreement underway, NOW is the time to fully integrate rights protections in the climate regime.

We welcome the reference to human rights, indigenous peoples rights and gender in the most recent version of the non‐paper released by the ADP co‐chairs on 11 November, “Stressing that all actions to address climate change and processes established under this agreement should ensure ag ender‐responsive approach, take into account the protection of the integrity of Mother Earth, and respect human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples”.

Yet we urge all Parties to include human rights in the operational provisions of the 2015 agreement. In doing so, we endorse the recommendations of 28 independent experts of the Human Rights Council, set forth in their “Open Letter from Special Procedures mandate‐holders of the Human Rights Council to the State Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change”, dated 17 October:

We urge the State Parties to the UNFCCC to recognize the adverse effects of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights, and to adopt urgent and ambitious mitigation and adaptation measures to prevent further harm. We call on the State Parties to include language in the 2015 climate agreement that provides that the Parties shall, in all climate change related actions, respect, protect, promote, and fulfill human rights for all. And we urge the State Parties at COP 20 in Lima to launch a work program to ensure that human rights are integrated into all aspects of climate actions.

The experts highlight the fact that climate change threatens to undermine the protection of human rights, and that the UNFCCC has a crucial role in effectively protecting human rights for all.


We wholeheartedly agree:

350.orgAfrica & Arab World

Academics Stand Against Poverty

Acción Ecológica


ActionAid International

Active Remedy Ltd

Active Remedy Ltd

Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment

Aide et Action pour la Paix

Al-Hakim Foundation

Alaska Institute for Justice

Alaska Native Science Commission

Alianza para la Conservación y el Desarrollo (ACD)

American Jewish World Service

Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association



Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)

Asociacio Ambiente y Sociedad

Asociación Ambientalista de Chiriquí

Asociacion Ambientalista MAYU SUMAJ

Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad

Asociación Catalana para el Agua y el Ambiente (ASCA)

Asociación para la Justicia Ambiental

Asociacion Raxcho’ch’ Oxlaju Aj (Tierra Verde 13 Aj)

Asociación Regional Centroamericana para el Agua y el Ambiente (ARCA)

Ateneo School of Government



Beyond Copenhagen Collective


Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service

Bureau d’Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques (B.E.S.T)

CAN Europe

Carbon Market Watch

Carbone Guinée

CARE International – Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network

Caribbean Policy Development Centre

Caritas Norway

Cayman Institute


Center for Environment

Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA)

Center for International Environmental Law

Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North

Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), Rutgers University

centre des ressource et de formation pour les femmes

Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society (CECOEDECON)

Centre for Health Rights Advocacy (CfHRAD)

Centre for Research and Advocacy Manipur

Centre For Research Documentation and Publication Manipur

Centro Alexander von Humboldt

Centro de Incidencia Ambiental

Centro de Planificación y Estudio Social

Centro Ecuatoriano de Derecho Ambiental

Centro Mesoamericano de Estudios sobre Tecnología Apropiada

Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental

Centro para la Sustentabilidad y los Riesgos Climaticos


Climate & Development Advice

Climate & Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet)

Climate Action Network – Latin America

Climate Change Australia – Hastings Branch

Climate Emergency Institute

Climate Justice Programme

Climate Wise Women


Coalition des Volontaires pour la Paix et le Développement

Collectif des Associations Féminines pour la Paix et le Développement Intégral

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Consejo de Pueblos de Tezulutlán


Derecho Ambiente y Recursos Naturales

Diverse Voices and Action for Equality

Drowning Islands


Earthlanka Youth Network

Ecological Forum of Kazakhstan (network of environmental organizations and experts)

Ecological Society of the Philippines

Edmund Rice Centre Sydney

Edmund Rice Centre/Pacific Calling Partnership

Egyptian Centre for Economic & Social Rights

Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia

European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO)

Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN)

Fiji Women’s Rights Movement

Fiscalía del Medio Ambiente-FIMA Chile

Fond des Femmes Congolaises

Food & Water Watch

Forest Peoples Programme

Forests of the World

Foundation for GAIA (GAIA)

Franciscan Action Network

Freshwater Action Network (FAN)

Friends of the Earth International

Friends of the Earth U.S.

Friends World Committee for Consultation

Fundación +Verde+Humano

Fundación Alianza para un Mundo Verde

Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales

Fundar, Center for Analysis and Research

FUNDEPS – Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies

GAIA – Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice


Global Education Motivator (GEM)

Global Gender and Climate Alliance

Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

Greenpeace International

Gujarat Forum on CDM

Habi Center for Environmental Rights

HEDA Resource Centre

Heinrich Boell Foundation North America

HELIO International



Human Rights Advocates

Human Rights Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand

IBON International

Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change

Indigenous Educational Network of Turtle Island/IEN

Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA)

Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks)

Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN)

Iniciativa Construyendo Puentes

Institute for Planetary Synthesis

Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)

International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

International Working Group for Indigenous Affiars

International-Lawyers.Org (INTLawyers)

Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association (IDEA)


Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD)

Labour, Health and Human Rights Development Centre


ligue pour la solidarité congolaise

Loyola Human Rights Advocacy Project


Maison des Mines du Kivu (MMKi)

Maloca Internationale

Many Strong Voices

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Maryknoll Sisters of Saint Dominic

Mesa Nacional de Cambio Climático

Minority Rights Group International


Moravian College

Movimiento 10 de Abril para Defensa del Río Tabasará (M10)

Naga Women’s Union (NWU)

Nature and Youth Sweden

NGO Coalition for Environment (NGOCE)

Noa Sustentable

NRDS, Bangladesh

Oil Change International


Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)

Panay Rural Development Center, Inc.

Paola Vasconi Reca

Papua New Guinea Eco-Forestry Forum

People’s Movement on Climate Change

Perspectives Monde Juste (PMJ)


Pivot Point

Planetary Association for Clean Energy (PACE)

Plataforma Boliviana frente al Cambio Climático

Polish Climate Coalition

Population and Sustainable Development Alliance

Quaker Earthcare Witness

rainbow sunrise mapambazuko

Rainforest Foundation Norway

Red Centroamericana de Acción del Agua (FANCA)

Red Colombiana Para la Defensa de Los DH, el Medio Ambiente y La Paz

Réseau Camerounais des Organisations des Droits de l’Homme (RECODH)

Réseau des Organisations de la Société Civile pour l’Economie Verte en Afrique Centrale (ROSCEVAC)

Reseau GATT-RN


Savera Swayamsevi Sangathan

SEE Change Net

Sierra Club

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Justice Team

Social Justice Connection

Sociedad Amigos del Viento

Society for Sustainable Development Design

Society of Development and Education for Small Households-SoDESH

SONIA for a Just New World

SOS Africa

Stand Up For Your Rights

Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN)

SUSWATCH Latinamerica Network

Taiwan Environmental Protection Union

Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition

The Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice

The Climate and Development Lab

The Shalom Center

The University of the South Pacific – Marshall Islands

Tribal Environmental Policy Center

Uganda Environmental Education Foundation (UEEF)

UK Youth Climate Coalition

UNESCO Etxea-UNESCO Centre Basque Country

Union des Juristes Engages pour les Opprimes, la Paix et le Developpement

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Water Initiatives Odisha & Combat Climate Change Network, India

WaterLex International Secretariat

Women Environmental Programme

Women in Europe for a Common Future

Women United Together Marshall Islands

Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network

Women’s Environment and Development Organization

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)

World Council of Churches

WWF Canada

WWF International

Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA)

Zeliangrong Boudi, Assam,Manipur & Nagaland (ZBAM&N)


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