Practical Guidance for NHRIs on Addressing Human Rights and Climate Change 


National human rights institutions (NHRIs) around the world are able to access practical tools and support to strengthen their efforts in protecting and promoting human rights in the context of climate change.


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NHRIs play an important bridging role between the international and national levels: helping translate the provisions of international human rights treaties on the ground and reporting the national human rights situation to the international level for attention and action.  

This makes them essential participants in an all-of-society effort to address the human rights consequences of climate change and climate action. 

To support its members in this important effort, GANHRI released the Practical Guidance for NHRIs on Addressing Human Rights and Climate Change. 

The Practical Guidance provides:

  • information about how international human rights mechanisms have addressed the relationship between climate change and human rights;
  • information about how GANHRI members can engage with human rights and other international mechanisms on climate change;
  • a mechanism for members to share their experiences with climate action. 

The Practical Guidance is available in English – and will shortly be translated into French and Spanish.

An interactive section on the guidance will also be available for all members on this page. The section will summarise the outcomes of the guidance and provide an overview of possible NHRI engagement at the international level in the protection and promotion of human rights in the context of climate change. 

The publication was developed by GANHRI with the support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). This publication has benefited from additional review by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).