QUNO is concerned about the impacts of climate change on people’s lives, and works to ensure that the rights and dignity of all are upheld in the face of a changing environment. Whilst seeking to support international processes to minimise the negative effects of climate change, QUNO is also exploring how climate change interacts with migration and displacement, and with peace and conflict. QUNO’s work in this area draws on our existing expertise in other fields, including peacebuilding, human rights, economics and environmental policy.
Recent Timeline Events
The Geneva Climate Change Concertation Group (GeCCco), the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change and Human Rights (GIF), QUNO and other NGOs concerned about the impact of climate change on human rights, co-hosted CLIMATE CHANGE AND HUMAN RIGHTS: THE WAY FORWARD IN THE HRC, a side event to the 28th session of the Human Rights Council. The side event was held on Friday, 6 March, from 1-3pm in Room XXVII at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Related Areas of Work
Our new, March 2015 edition of QUNO Review is now available for download below. The publication provides a brief introduction to QUNO and our way of working, as well as an overview of each of our programme areas. Learn more about our past year of our work and see where we are headed in 2015.
- QUNO_2015_low res.pdf 1.56 MB
Related Areas of Work
- Children of Prisoners
- Women in Prison
- Inclusion of Local Perspectives
- Reconciliation & Dialogue
- Role of Emerging Powers
- Armed Violence and Development
- High Level Policy Engagement
- Natural Resources, Conflict and Cooperation
- Peace and Development
- Disarmament and Arms Control
- Climate Change and the International Negotiations
- Climate Change and Migration
- Agricultural Trade and Investment
- Intellectual Property and Agriculture
- Conscientious Objection to Military Service
- Rights of Indigenous People
- Justice & Prisons
- Peacebuilding & Prevention of Violent Conflict
- Human Impacts of Climate Change
- Food & Sustainability
- Human Rights & Refugees
QUNO participated in the fifth meeting of the Aarhus Convention Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-Making on Environmental Matters from 23 to 24 February 2015. Entering into force in December 2001, the Aarhus Convention provides the publics of signatory states with a number of procedural rights with respect to the environment, including the right to access information, the right of participation, and the right to justice. The Fifth Task Force gathered state and civil society representatives at the Palais de Nations with the aim of facilitating discussions about the chief challenges to effective public participation, allowing for the exchange of good practices, and proposing potential methods for the strengthening of public participation in relation to environmental matters. Acknowledging the negative impact of local capacity deficits on public participation, QUNO’s Diane Hendrick gave a presentation, highlighting the value of peacebuilding approaches in increasing environmental awareness and building capacity in order to provide stakeholders with the ability to engage in more meaningful and effective participation in environmental decision-making.