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Please find here attached the last version of the negotiated text to be discussed today by the Heads of States and Governments. it was transmitted yesterday by Anne-Marie Chavanon, Chair of the Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges Committee of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, who is presently in Rio.
 

In their recent declaration, indigenous peoples groups in Africa reaffirms the need for the Rio+20 to take a stronger human rights-based approach, where indigenous people's rights are fully recognized, respected and protected, and to ensure that culture and good governance are integrated in the three pillars of sustainable development

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Climate change is the most serious environmental problem that the world faces today, having a major impact on the basic elements of human life. This will directly affect a range of fundamental rights: the right to life, suitable living conditions, safety, health, food and water. (...)

Around three quarters of Europeans live in cities. Most of Europe's wealth is generated in cities, and urban areas are particularly at risk due to climate change. Europe should seize the opportunity of improving quality of life while adapting to climate change in cities, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report also warns that delaying adaptation will be much more costly in the long-term.

The Workgroup " Climate Change and Human Rights "

The directorate IV of the Council of Europe took the initiative to gather all the constituents of the organization around a major challenge, the climate change, the impacts of which will affect the survival of humanity. This subject of concern is discussed by numerous international organizations but was never envisaged under the angle of human rights or under that of democracy and social cohesion. Only the question of the ecological refugees appeared in the public debates. Now the future of the planet and its inhabitants, in terms of territories and resources, requires, more and more in the short term in considering the current trends, a democratic governance aiming at solidarity between the peoples.

Impacts of climate change on human rights

Climate change is and will undermine the enjoyment of some basic human rights. The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being

Climate change is also affecting the main environmental determinants of health: Water, Food, Shelter, Air

Some of the largest desease burdens are climate sensitive. Each year:

- Undernutrition kills 3.5 million.

- Diarrhoea kills 2.2 million.