UN Climate Conference COP-23, November 2017

Schedule of Events: Human Rights and Climate Change

UN Climate Conference COP-23, November 2017

Schedule of Events: Human Rights and Climate Change

This schedule lists events related to human rights and climate change organised during the COP-23 in Bonn, whether in the UNFCCC venue or outside. It will be updated as needed. If you are aware of additional events directly related to human rights and climate change, please let us so we can update this list: sduyck@ciel.org and elennon@ciel.org 

--- Friday 3 November ---

For a Climate of Justice: fighting extractivism and holding polluters accountable!

The countries, that contributed least to climate change will be hit the hardest. The polluters, that is the big CO2 emitters, must be held accountable publicly and legally. They need to pay climate loss and damage and put an end to extracting fossil fuels. How can this be achieved? What are the demands of the poorest countries of the South on the countries of the North? How can we achieve climate justice?

Time: 18.30-22.00        Location: CAMPO Campusmensa Poppelsdorf, Endenicher Allee 19        Organisers: Heinrich Boell Foundation

--- Tuesday 7 November ---

Side Event: Secure Women’s Land Rights as a Climate Change Strategy

Integrating indigenous and rural women’s land and natural resource rights into the designed and implemented responses to climate change under the Paris Accord, has the potential to enhance tenure security, meet food security and nutrition needs while improve efficacy of climate-smart interventions.

Time: 11.30-13.00        Location: BonnZone, Room 7          Organisers: Rural Development Institute, Rights and Resources Institute, Inc. (RRI)

Side Event: Guaranteeing Rights & Gender Equality in all Climate Action:prerequisite for sustainable & fair action

In Paris, parties committed to combat climate change while promoting a fair & inclusive transition. Building on UNFCCC mandates & the Paris principles, we highlight entry points to advance gender equality and human rights,incl. through the Paris Implementation Guidelines, work on L&D & food security

Time: 16.45-18.15        Location: Meeting Room 4        Organisers:CARE, CIEL, WEDO

Side Event: Indigenous Peoples Rights: Addressing implementation gaps of the PA preamble through the IP Platform

Indigenous peoples' rights are increasingly being recognized and the decision to establish an IP platform contributes to policy coherence and implementation of the PA preamble. But the implementation gap on the ground is increasing. The event discusses the role the platform can play to close the gap

Time: 16:45-18:15         Location: Meeting Room 12        Organisers: IWGIA, AIPP, NEFIN

--- Wednesday 8 November ---

Side Event: Climate justice: Just transition for all and a human right based approach to climate action
The side event will showcase country experiences on just transition planning, policies and funding modalities and human-rights based approaches to climate action with the effective engagement of governments and social partners and opportunities to expand international cooperation in this area.

Time: 13:15-14:45          Location: Meeting Room 7  Organisers: ILO

UN Side Event: Climate-related Human Mobility: Connecting the dots to implement the Paris Agreement

Taking stock of the work of the Taskforce on Displacement halfway through its mandate: What are the key achievements and the main challenges? How can the work undertaken at the global policy level feed the development of the Taskforce recommendations on climate-related displacement?

Time: 13:15-14:45         Location: Meeting Room 12         Organisers: UN agencies

--- Thursday 9 November ---

Side Event: Fostering Environmental and Social Principles in Adaptation Projects

Through innovative policies, the Adaptation Fund adapts to country needs by ensuring human rights, gender equality, conservation of biodiversity and natural habitats, and climate action in its projects. Partners under its pioneering Direct Access modality will discuss these aspects of its projects.

Time: 13:15-14:45        Location: Meeting Room 12        Organisers: Adaptation Fund Board

--- Friday 10 November ---

Climate Law and Governance Day

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Roundtable on Operationalizing Linkages between Human Rights and Climate Change

Many institutions already existing could play a role to review and sometime enforce the respect by states of their human rights obligations in the context of climate action, both at the national and international level. The panelists to this panel will represent the diversity of these institutions. They will be invited to emphasise in particular the strengths and limits of the role that their institutions can play and how to strengthen synergies to build on the diversity of institutions involved.

Time: 10:30-11:30         Location: (Room Marrakesh)          Organisers: CIEL, DIMR

Exploring Climate Change, Human Rights & Forced Displacement

Is international law and governance prepared to protect forced displacement people? How can bridges between human rights and other legal hybrid approaches or other disciplines be built in order to understand the impact of climate change and some of its consequence on forced displacement? Exploring the linkage between forced displacement and adaptation and the mechanism of loss and damage under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, could a Protocol to the UNFCCC based on adaptation be a possible avenue?

Time: 11:35-12:40         Location: (Room Marrakesh)          Organisers: Aalborg University

Strengthening the Paris Agreement through Innovation in Open Government

What measures on open government would be most impactful to advance climate action in your country contexts? What is the role of law in ensuring co-creation of climate policies? Where has there been innovation? How could the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement further promote the implementation of participatory and transparent actions at the national level?

Time: 14:50-15:50   Location: (Room Suva) Organisers: WRI, Transparency International, CIEL

Promoting Climate Justice & Justiciability - Emerging Pathways for Transitional Societies

How does climate justice, addressing the intersection of environmental degradation and the racial, social, and economic inequities it perpetuates, appear in climate negotiations and how it can influence international and national law? What is the role of courts, issuing rulings establishing the responsibility of their State for their insufficient action in preventing and/or fighting against climate change? What is the effect of increasing tendencies to refer inefficient or insufficient climate policies to courts, and how can successful climate litigation encourage climate-friendly legal developments? Further, how can transition, as a concept and as a method, address both the finality and the elaboration of new modes of public action in the context of the fight against climate change? What can recent research on transitional models of energy and alimentation contribute?

Time: 14:50-15:50         Location: (Room Paris)          Organisers: Réseau Droit et Climat

--- Saturday 11 November ---

Side Event: Protecting Human Rights, Health and Gender Equality from Climate Change

During the side event, specific case studies will be analyzed to discuss climate change main impacts on health and the implications for human rights and gender equality, as well as the solutions currently implemented and those that could be put in place within the Paris Agreement & the 2030 Agenda.

Time: 11:30-13:00        Location: Meeting Room 11        Organisers: ICN, ARROW

Briefing for CSOs: Leveraging HRs through litigation, NHRIs and HRTBs

Building on many recent breakthroughs related to human rights and climate change, this short panel will provide examples of recent victories and ongoing processes to make the case that many opportunities are available for civil society to leverage human rights in the context of climate policy - including in relation to domestic litigation, to the role of National Human Rights Institutions and to UN Human Rights processes.

Time: 14:30-15:00                Location: Meeting Room 5 (Bonn)                 Organisers: CIEL

---Tuesday 14 November---                                   


Le Pacte mondial pour l’environnement – raison d’être et ambition / The Global pact for the environment – purpose and ambition

With the participation of : Laurent Fabius (COP21 President), Manuel Pulgar-Vidal (COP20 President)

Time: 16h30 to 17h30                 Location: French Pavilion                          Organisers: France



--- Wednesday 15 November ---

Side Event: Human Rights and Climate Change

Time: 11:00-12:30         Location: Luxembourg Pavilion                Organisers: Luxemburg

Side Event: Enough is enough: Stopping the Violence Against Environmental Defenders

An alarming number of environmental defenders are killed around the world each year, while countless others face attacks, intimidation, and criminalization. What should governments do to protect those who are mobilizing to enhance climate action?

Time: 15:00-16:30         Location: Meeting Room 10         Organisers: HRW, Amnesty, Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques

Side Event: Child rights, climate change and climate action

Children are disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, but are rarely considered in international or national climate policies. This event will explore how children are affected, and provide guidance to States on how they can respect and promote child rights in climate action.

Time: 16:45-18:15         Location: Meeting Room 7         Organisers: PlanInternational, WVI

--- Thursday 16 November ---

COP-23 Presidency Briefing

COP Presidency Event: Integrating human rights in climate action

This event will highlight the human dimension of climate action. It also aims to increase support for integration of human rights considerations in the facilitative dialogue and relevant aspects of the negotiations of the guidelines for implementation of the Paris Agreement..

Time: 13:15-14:45         Location: Meeting Room 2         Organisers: Fiji Presidency

Side Event: Making NDCs gender-responsive and human-rights based to maximize the co-benefits of climate action

Speakers will demonstrate how addressing gender equality and human rights in NDCs bring multiple co-benefits. Recommendations will be presented to integrate gender equality, women’s empowerment, human rights into the NDCs, Paris Agreement work programme, Global Stocktake and Facilitative Dialogue.

Time: 15:00-16:30         Location: Meeting Room 11         Organisers: UN Women

Human rights and climate change: the role of communities, activists, NGOs and National Human Rights Institutions in the climate crisis

During the event, participants will hear about the momentum community activists have built and discuss how to grow and expand in the coming years. We hope that this exchange and strategy session will enable and co-power those that feel climate change the hardest by showing that collective action is not only the morally right course of action, but also the most strategic.

Time: 17:00-21:00         Location: GSI Organisers: BHRRC, CIEL, GP, GANHRI, Germanwatch

--- Friday 17 November ---

Side Event: Fighting Climate Change- The People’s Agenda? Accelerating climate action for vulnerable societies        

This event hosted on 17 November in the Fiji Pavilion will examine the policy coherence between the SDGs, Paris Climate Agreement and Human Rights Mechanisms.

Time: 12:00-13:00        Location: Fiji Pavilion                Organisers: CIVICUS