Value-based and Human rights approaches to address Climate adaptation issues
The 58th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SB 58) were held at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany. These sessions were part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and took place from 5 to 15 June 2023. The purpose of SB 58 was to make preparations for the upcoming COP28, the 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
COP28 is scheduled to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 30 November to 12 December 2023. During the SB58 conference, experts representing civil society and the participating parties discussed the importance of adopting a human-rights approach to address the impacts of climate change. The focus was on understanding how these impacts affect people and why considering human rights is crucial in tackling them effectively.
The panel “Value-based and Human rights approaches to address Climate adaptation issues for a just GST delivery”, organised by CambiaMo together with Earth Rights International and International Disability Alliance, aimed to shift the attention away from solely relying on technical solutions and instead emphasize the significance of values-based resolutions. By integrating principles of equity and fairness, the discussion highlighted the necessity of conducting a needs assessment grounded in equal opportunities and rights, for all. This approach will serve as a foundational element for the Global Stocktake (GST), which is a process enabling countries and stakeholders to collectively evaluate their progress in achieving the objectives outlined in the Paris Climate Change Agreement, as well as identifying areas where more effort is required.