The 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will begin in just over a week, and the Egyptian chair, government representatives, technical experts, scientists, and civil society are preparing for another round of negotiations. Finding solutions for joint action on climate is dramatically urgent, but unfortunately the Parties seem to be showing no signs of breaking the stalemate created on key issues such as Losses and Damages and Climate Finance.
In July this year, the 50th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was held in Geneva, which concluded with the adoption of a specific resolution dedicated to the link between human rights and climate (HRC 50/L.10). The document emphasized the urgent need to include the fight against climate change within human rights policies related to social and economic development.
The informal working group on human rights cross-culturally unites members of the various civil society constituencies embedded in the UNFCCC system, with the aim of coordinating its action to amplify its impact. The group, led by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), requested an opportunity for discussion with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, Ian Fry, during the Bonn interim negotiations.