University of Wisconsin–Madison

Climate Change and Human Rights: Lessons from the Paris Agreement

Despite the potential for climate change to undermine all human rights, it was not recognized as a human rights issue until recently. The international community linked human rights to climate change in documents for the first time in 2010, and 2016 saw the first binding document: the Paris Agreement of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This agreement includes reference to both human rights and climate justice, but the language left many dissatisfied. Our speaker will evaluate the human rights language in the Paris Agreement and what it means for future victims of climate change.

The presentation is part of the Weston Roundtable series.