Friday, 06 March 2015

The Maldives reiterates call for greater consideration of the human rights dimension of climate change

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6 March 2015, Geneva; The Maldives reiterated the importance of the human dimensions of climate change at the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday.

Speaking at the full day discussion on Climate Change, Ms. Geela Ali, Charge’ de Affairs of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives in Geneva, highlighted that the Maldives was instrumental in bringing the human dimensions of global climate change to the forefront of international fora and stated that injecting a human dimension to the climate change discourse will bring in to question the global development trajectory, and whether it is sustainable in the long term. Ms. Ali, further stressed on the importance of international cooperation in enhancing resilience, mobilising resources for mitigation and adaptation and in supporting national efforts to address environmental degradation and climate change. The Maldives, also highlighted some of the challenges it faces with regard to realising the right to food due to climate change, such as reduction in tuna fishery, crops, and fresh water shortages.

This full day discussion on Climate change was mandated by resolution 26/27 of the Human Rights Council. It was divided in to two panels, where one was on identifying challenges and ways forward towards the realization of all human rights for all, including the right to development, in particular those in vulnerable situations, as well as the measures and best practices to promote and protect human rights that can be adopted by States in addressing the adverse effects of climate change on the full and effective enjoyment of human rights, and while the other panel discussion was on how climate change has had an adverse impact on States’ efforts to progressively realize the right to food, and policies, lessons learned and good practices.

The session was also attended by officials of the Permanent Mission in Geneva.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of the Maldives


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