Morocco organises debate on climate change, human rights

Indo Asian News Service

Geneva, March 7 (IANS/MAP) Morocco organised a debate in Geneva to discuss possibilities for a global human rights-based climate change agenda.

The meeting was held on Monday on the sidelines of the main sessions of the UN Human Rights Council.

Participants called for strengthening large-scale awareness-raising initiatives involving non-state actors that focus on building bridges between the climate agenda and the protection of human rights.

Permanent Representative of Morocco in Geneva, Ambassador Mohamed Auajjar, stressed that human rights-based climate action requires open institutions and processes, as well as precise and transparent measures, notably in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

States should develop relevant human rights indicators in the context of climate change, Auajjar said, stressing the need for an equitable response to both development and environmental needs for future generations.

National Human Rights Council (CNDH) President Driss El Yazami called for greater contribution from national human rights institutions.

The panel was moderated by United Nations Environment Programme (UNDP) Director Jan Dusik and included senior officials from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights.

--IANS

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