Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

HRC 44 - Panel Discussion on Promoting and Protecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Context of Climate Change

Geneva, 08/07/2020 - 15:09, UNIQUE ID: 200708_16
Statements on behalf of the EU

Madam President,

The EU thanks the OHCHR for its analytical study on the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in the context of climate change, to which a number of EU member states had contributed.

Climate change has particularly adverse effects on the rights of persons who are already vulnerable, including persons with disabilities. Potentially destabilising effects of climate change on persons with disabilities need to be addressed, including through climate risk assessments and support to capacity-building. As the chief contributors of public finance to developing countries and with significant action on disaster risk reduction and strengthening resilience, the European Union continues to aptly demonstrate, not merely via pronouncements, but by targeted actions, its determination to reduce and prevent the adverse effects of climate change worldwide. Towards this end, the EU launched the European Green Deal to transform economies and societies towards climate neutral and resource efficient development pathways where no one is left behind.

Madam President,

We would be grateful if the panellists could elaborate on good practices and specific actions which have already been taken, or could be taken by states to identify, address and remedy the negative impacts of climate change on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Thank you.

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