Human Rights and Climate Change

Our current climate crisis leaves many communities at risk of irreversible damage. From our oceanside cities in some of the wealthiest nations on Earth, to the rural farmlands of our most economically fragile states, everyone is at risk of being negatively impacted by our climate crisis. But this does not mean that everyone should expect to feel the same effects of this climate crisis. The threat of climate change specifically threatens minorities, indigenous peoples, women and children, and those living in extreme poverty. Unfortunately, these communities stand in stark contrast to those who are accelerating this crisis, and exacerbating its effects. While large corporations and members of the economic elite across the globe continue to produce more waste and greenhouse gas emissions, now with just one-hundred companies responsible for over seventy percent of global emissions, it is integral that the Human Rights Council work to protect the longevity of the individual, especially those who stand at highest risk. These at-risk communities are historically some of the lowest contributors to our growing waste and increasing emissions problem, yet are consistently hit the hardest by natural disasters, droughts, and contamination of food supplies. During this simulation, delegates are asked to identify and address the causes of this climate crisis, and work to develop solutions that are applicable for all groups, noting the specific needs of the at-risk populations mentioned above. 

Report of the High Commissioner of Human Rights

Human Rights Council Handbook

Human Rights Council Organization of Work

Human Rights Council Political Groups