European Union External Action

HRC 48 - Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development - EU Intervention

Geneva, 17/09/2021 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 211008_8
Statements on behalf of the EU

Mr. Special Rapporteur

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The EU supports the efforts of the Special Procedures of this Council to make human rights-based recommendations and assessments of States’ mitigation, adaptation and development policies that seek to address adverse effects of climate change.

We reiterate our support for the Right to Development, based on the principles of universality, indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights, with the individual as the central actor and driving force of the development process, and States having the primary responsibility for ensuring that their citizens benefit from development.

In your report Mr Special Rapporteur, you paid special attention to the challenges in ensuring a meaningful participation in policy-making by rights holders whose effective enjoyment of human rights is threatened by climate change and environmental degradation. Those living in vulnerable situations feel these negative effects most acutely. We agree that strengthening and promoting the effective participation of human rights defenders, indigenous peoples, persons belonging to minorities, women and the youth in policymaking is crucial to allow them to act as powerful agents of change and for the pursuit of a just transition.

At the last session, the EU and its Member States, with over 40 other partners, pledged to fully meet our human rights obligations when addressing environmental degradation and biodiversity loss and called on others to do the same.

We would like to hear your view on the biggest challenges in adopting ambitious human rights-based approaches to ensure social justice, fairness, transparency and inclusiveness in climate action and when addressing environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.

I thank you.

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