GANHRI pledges to collaborate with newly appointed Special Rapporteur in addressing climate change and environmental issues at HRC50
Geneva, 23 June 2022 – The newly appointed Special Rapporteur for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Context of Climate Change, Ian Fry, presented his report on the initial planning and vision for the mandate, today, during the 50th session of the Human Rights Council.
GANHRI delivered a statement in response to the SR report and welcomed the six thematic priorities that the Special Rapporteur will focus on during his mandate.
The six priorities reflect the wide-ranging climate change related human rights impacts NHRIs have identified in their national context.
We reiterated the commitment NHRIs pledged to, as an outcome of the 2020 Annual Conference, in promoting a human rights-based climate action through their monitoring, reporting, advisory and awareness-raising functions, both domestically and internationally.
Hannah Cecilie Brænden, Advisor at the Norwegian National Human Rights Institution, who delivered the statement on behalf of GANHRI, highlighted how this commitment induced the establishment of Climate Caucus consisting of several NHRIs from all around the world working specifically on climate change and human rights.
We finally recommended that the main focus of the Special Rapporteur’s work “should constantly be on how to effectively protect human rights by achieving successful mitigation”.