QUNO's People's Climate Empowerment Series is a helpful resource to connect people with international efforts that can strengthen climate action at all levels. Our Human Impacts of Climate Change programme has been working on the international climate negotiations since 2011 in support of fair, ambitious and inclusive climate action. Climate change raises profound questions about how we live on the planet. The People's Climate Empowerment Series offers 7 concise "2-siders", which cover different aspects of international climate action, why they matter, and how to get involved.
Climate Change, Environmental Peacebuilding and Security
This submission by the Quaker United Nations Office explores how incorporating the human rights of people in poverty into national plans for a greener economy can promote fairer, more ambitious and effective outcomes to address root causes of climate change, enhance biodiversity, and transform power structures that maintain avoidable and extreme poverty.
This report looks at how human rights obligations can help support policies which lead to more successful and just efforts to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to human activities. The report examines the relationship between human rights and climate change as conceptualized at the United Nations, and explores how human rights can be used to secure greater emissions reductions while also achieving climate justice.
Water and land are two of the key natural resources that shape billions of peoples’ livelihoods, food security, wellbeing and identity. Developing management of water, land and food that is equitable and peaceful is an increasingly challenging task due to a multitude of factors – such as resource degradation, population growth and violent conflict – that can fuel tensions and exacerbate vulnerabilities around natural resources. Increasing climate uncertainties now lend an additional urgency to the need to develop appropriate policy and practice at international, national and local levels.
The statement encourages the Independent Expert to consider the following:
- The role that peacebuilding approaches can play in fulfilling procedural rights, in order to achieve both substantive rights and effective environmental poliy, and
- How small farmers, rural communities and marginalised sections of society can effectively participate in consultation and decision-making processes that relate to their environment.
Exploring the complex interlinkages between climate change, resource scarcity, violent conflict and cooperation.
This statement welcomes the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and discusses Quaker perspectives on the issue.
QUNO Geneva's newsletter for November 2011 to February 2012. Featured stories:
- Preventing Armed Violence: the Geneva Declaration Review Conference
- The Unknown Impacts of Seeds Policies: Exploring the Effects of UPOV
- News from QUNO New York
- Watching the Climate Change Negotiations
- News in Brief, Jardins Ouverts, and Publications
QUNO Geneva Newsletter for July 2011 to October 2011. Featured stories:
- Sustainability: Inspiration for QUNO from Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering
- REDD - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation
- News from QUNO New York
- Engaging with Civil Society: Voices on Armed Violence in the Balkans
- News in Brief
- If My Parents Go to Prison, What Happens to Me?
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QUNO Geneva's newsletter for November 2010 to January 2011. Featured stories:
- About the year-in-review issue
- From Policy-makers to Practitioners: Disarmament and Peace 2010
- From Seeds to Sustainability: Global Economic Issues 2010
- From Prisons to Protection :Human Rights and Refugees 2010
- Update from QUNO New York
- QUNO Summer School 2011
- Staff Update
QUNO Geneva's newsletter for July to October 2010. Featured stories:
- The Dangerous Lure of "Climate Change and ..."
- BMS 4: Modest progress on Small Arms
- Children of Prisoners on the Agenda at the UN
- Stalemated Conference on Disarmament Under Scrutiny
- Conscientious Objection: Amicus brief
- Update from QUNO New York: The Trouble with Elections
- Staff Changes
QUNO Geneva's newsletter for November to January 2010. Featured stories:
- Conscientious Objection to Military Service
- Securing the Millennium Development Goals
- A Letter from QUNO New York
- Reasons to be Hopeful? Prospects for the Disarmament Agenda 2010
- Women in Prison
- QUNO Seeks New Programme Assistants
- From Trade Justice to Climate Justice? Reflections Around the WTO’s 2009 Ministerial Conference
- Quaker United Nations Summer School
- Quakers at the Copenhagen Climate Conference
- Panel Discussion on Intellectual Property and Food