Climate change is caused by human activities and has extensive negative impacts on the fulfillment of human rights. It poses substantial challenges for the realization of the human rights to food and water. The predominantly negative impacts of climate change on global crop yields and the availability of potable water are already visible. The situation will only further deteriorate if immediate actions are not taken to reverse the effects.
The increase in temperature will reduce the production of many food products and changing rainfall patterns will also substantially affect the availability of drinking water, thereby significantly decreasing the productivity of rain-fed agriculture in some regions of the world.
Many people who live in those regions lack the physical, social, economic and technological resources necessary to adapt to the changes that will be brought about by climate change. Especially vulnerable are individuals and segments of the population who are already marginalized on the basis of their gender, age, poor health or minority status. Taking gender specific differences into account, it is women and girls who are particularly exposed to the adverse impacts of climate change.
FIAN calls on industrialized states to assume leadership in emissions reduction, as well as to assist developing countries, so that they can reduce their own emissions, increase their adaptive capacity and thus protect the rights of their citizens.
In addition to minimizing the impacts of climate change, States must protect people living in their territories from these impacts and ensure the realization of minimum essential levels of international Human Rghts law. The task of the international community is to make the UN climate regime consistent with the existing human rights obligations of States and to ensure that all measures undertaken in this context must respect human rights standards and, in particular, recognize the traditional rights of indigenous people and local communities.
The Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles releases its first report to boost political consciousness and support mass based movements in their resistance against the privatization agendas.
This report is submitted by civil society as the alternative report to the second report of the State of Honduras for review by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights during its 58th session in June 2016.
A Honduran civil society-led report reveals that the country’s national policies conflict with the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights and leave human rights defenders extremely vulnerable to criminalization and attacks.
Parallel to the climate conference in Paris, social movements and allies within the ‘Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles’ stand up for climate justice and real solutions to the climate crisis.
A year after the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, and ahead of Paris COP 21, 320 civil society organizations say “NO” to the alliance’s concept and program in a common statement.
FIAN International submitted an oral statement in relation to the adverse impacts of climate change on States' efforts to progressively realize the right to food, and policies, lessons learned and good practices
The ETO Consortium releases a new publication series authored by members of the Consortium’s thematic focal groups.
The ETO Consortium releases a new publication series aiming to illustrate and provide guidance to practitioners on how to apply ETOs and the Maastricht Principles to specific thematic areas.
Fact Sheet on the right to food, agroecology and food sovereignty
Several peasant communities living in the Bajo Aguán valley on the Atlantic coast of Honduras are witnessing an alarming situation of violence, repression and killings, especially after the...