NHRI Caucus on Human Rights and Climate Change 

NHRI Caucus on Human Rights and Climate Change 

In light of the specific collaboration and cooperation with the UN partners on climate change, GANHRI established a Caucus comprised of 34 NHRIs from the four regions interested in working together on human rights and climate change.

The purpose of the GANHRI Caucus on Human Rights and Climate Change is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experiences and good practices among NHRIs across all regions in addressing climate change from a human rights-based approach.

The Caucus is a unique place where NHRIs from all four regions have an opportunity to discuss, debate, share knowledge and identify and collect experiences, as well as coordinate actions and activities.

Activities of the Caucus reinforce the implementation of the objectives of the GANHRI Strategic Plan 2020 –2022, under which the theme of climate change and human rights was identified as a priority topic. The Caucus has an initial term of two years, until the end of 2022, which coincides with the implementation period of the current GANHRI Strategic plan. 

The Objectives of the Caucus are:  

  1. Support collaboration of NHRIs and building functional and effective networks; 
  2. Build professional capacities in implementation of human rights based approach in climate governance;  
  3. Run programs to facilitate technology-based joint learning communities and experience-based knowledge sharing (specifically in climate governance and addressing human rights challenges), at regional and national levels; 
  4. Support NHRIs in their advocacy work, enhance policy coherence, on national, regional, and international level; 
  5. Enhance global relevance of NHRIs, facilitate and support engagement of NHRIs and GANHRI in UN mechanisms and other global fora; 
  6. Build cooperation with UN bodies and other global and international organizations; and 
  7. Facilitate climate justice by building networks and strengthening expertise on climate litigation within NHRIs.

The Caucus will actively be working in close coordination with the GANHRI Head Office, as well as with similar regional working groups, when they exist, and with fellow UN partners such as UNDP, OHCHR and UNEP.