Displacement Due to Climate Disasters is a Human Rights Issue
Washington, DC – On December 10, Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS) celebrates Human Rights Day to commemorate the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The UN Human Rights Office of the High Commission declares, this year’s Human Rights Day slogan is “Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All” and the call to action is #StandUp4HumanRights.”
CGS also recognizes that in 2021, 27.3 million people were internally displaced in their own countries due to climate related disasters. From June through October of this year, Pakistan experienced the worst floods in history, internally displacing 33 million people and killing thousands. Climate change is affecting our universal human rights to life, food, water, an adequate standard of living, a healthy environment, and our health.
Legal action through ecocide law or treaties, beyond the nation-state status quo, is urgently needed today to make the destruction of our environment an international criminal act. International law with a mechanism to enforce legally binding environmental treaties can mitigate our current climate crisis.
Innovative solutions to specific environmental and human rights issues have already been proposed and it is our responsibility to call on our government to petition international organizations to implement them. For example, the UN and other multilateral institutions could establish a “Global Climate Research Registry and Climate Action Clearinghouse” to serve as a depository for research on climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, develop recommendations regarding best practices, and coordinate international action. The UN could strengthen the International Court of Justice (ICJ) so that it has mandatory jurisdiction over all member states, which would ensure universal commitment to human rights. Furthermore, establishing regional tribunals to safeguard human rights and address environmental crimes that are local to a specific region could provide an effective way to address human rights violations caused by climate-related displacement.
About Citizens for Global Solutions & Young World Federalists
Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-partisan membership-based organization that for more than 75 years has brought together a diverse collective of individuals and organizations with a common goal of a unified world predicated upon peace, human rights, and the rule of law. From championing ratification of the UN Charter upon our establishment in 1947 to supporting creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) 25 years ago to advocating for global instruments to confront today’s enduring challenges of war and climate degradation, CGS recognizes that true progress is a generational enterprise. We invite like-minded individuals and organizations to join us in this mission.
The Young World Federalists are a global movement fighting to give humanity a voice. We envision a sustainable, just, and peaceful world through a democratic world federation. A world run by humanity, for humanity, providing equal opportunity to all on a thriving planet.
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