Human Rights and the Paris Agreement's Implementation Guidelines: Opportunities to Develop a Rights-Based Approach

Forthcoming in Carbon and Climate Law Review

16 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2018

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Sébastien Duyck

University of Lapland - Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM); Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Erika Lennon

Centre for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Wolfgang Obergassel

Wuppertal Institut fuer Klima, Umwelt, Energie

Annalisa Savaresi

University Stirling, School of Law

Date Written: August 29, 2018

Abstract

The inclusion of references to human rights in the Paris Agreement was celebrated as a milestone towards greater integration of human rights in environmental and climate governance. Beyond their symbolic value, the significance of these provisions however depends on the extent to which they inform the implementation of the Paris Agreement both at the national and international levels.   This article takes stock of the integration of human rights in climate governance and identifies concrete opportunities to ensure that human rights considerations are included in the Paris Implementation Guidelines to be adopted at COP-24, promoting climate action that aligns with Parties’ human rights obligations.   We first consider the relevance of human rights to climate action and the incremental recognition of these linkages in the international climate regime – both in the lead up to the adoption of the Paris Agreement and since. We then consider in specific terms how human rights could inform five key dimensions of the Paris Agreement’s Implementation Guidelines: NDC guidance, adaptation communications, transparency framework, global stocktake, and the article 6 mechanisms. This article will reflect on past experience of how climate policy impacts human rights and on proposals put forward in the context of the negotiations of the implementation guidelines. It concludes with recommendations on a right-based approach to the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Keywords: Climate Change, Human Rights, Paris Agreement, Implementation Guidelines

Suggested Citation

Duyck, Sébastien and Lennon, Erika and Obergassel, Wolfgang and Savaresi, Annalisa, Human Rights and the Paris Agreement's Implementation Guidelines: Opportunities to Develop a Rights-Based Approach (August 29, 2018). Forthcoming in Carbon and Climate Law Review , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3240996 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3240996

Sébastien Duyck

University of Lapland - Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM) ( email )

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Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

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Erika Lennon

Centre for International Environmental Law (CIEL) ( email )

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United States

Wolfgang Obergassel

Wuppertal Institut fuer Klima, Umwelt, Energie ( email )

Annalisa Savaresi (Contact Author)

University Stirling, School of Law ( email )

B12A Pathfoot Building
Stirling, Scotland FK9 4LA
United Kingdom

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