Climate Change

Kenya -River © Ralf Leonhard
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's Work

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.

Latest News

Press Release | 10-11-2017
Climate Change Extraterritorial Obligations Indigenous Peoples Natural Resources

International delegation pays visit to monitor progress of right to food violations

Delegates from FIAN International, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal visited emblematic cases in the south-west of Nepal, to assess progress, following years of coordinated mobilization and advocacy efforts.

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Press Release | 12-09-2017
Agrarian Reform Agrofuels Climate Change Extraterritorial Obligations

The World Food Crisis: The Way Out

With the world still trapped in a multifold crisis, this year’s Right to Food and Nutrition Watch will take stock of the past decade and present thought-provoking discussions and alternative solutions for finding our way out.

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News | 22-11-2016
Climate Change Global Governance Land Grabbing Monitoring and Accountability

Cooling the Planet: Frontline communities lead the struggle

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.

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Report | 06-06-2016
Climate Change Gender Indigenous Peoples Land Grabbing

Alternative report to the State report of Honduras for review by CESCR

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.

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Press Release | 06-06-2016
Climate Change Gender Indigenous Peoples Land Grabbing

Honduran State policies erode economic, cultural and social rights

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.

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Press Release | 08-12-2015
Climate Change Natural Resources

COP21: Social movements and allies call for transformation of food systems

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.

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Press Release | 21-09-2015
Climate Change

Once again NO to ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’

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.

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Statement | 18-03-2015
Climate Change Global Governance Monitoring and Accountability

How to realize the right to food in light of climate change?

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

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Brochure | 09-01-2015
Climate Change Extraterritorial Obligations

ETOs in the Context of Eco-destruction and Climate Change

The ETO Consortium releases a new publication series authored by members of the Consortium’s thematic focal groups.

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News | 09-01-2015
Climate Change Extraterritorial Obligations Monitoring and Accountability Trade

New resources illustrate and guide on how to apply ETOs to specific areas

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.

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