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Why Human Rights-Based Social Protection is Needed in Climate Change Responses: A Just Transition

Expert commentaries - Date: 21 March 2019 / Author: Dunja Krause

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report, Global Warming of 1.5°C, is a powerful reminder of the need for rapid climate action a transition towards low-carbon development to prevent catastrophic climate change. As each new assessment of climate change’s impacts and risks reveals more alarming information than the...

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Building Shock-Responsive National Social Protection Systems in the Middle East and North Africa Region

Resources - Author: Raquel Tebaldi / Year: 2019

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is confronted by significant challenges resulting from multiple shocks and complex emergencies: countries in the region face various risks in terms of natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods and drought; violent conflicts, such as in Syria, pose unprecedented challenges related to the...

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Mapping Just Transition(s) to a Low-Carbon World

Resources - Author: Diego Azzi, Dimitris Stevis, Dunja Krause, Edouard Morena, Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood, Nicole Helmerich, Rebecca Shelton, Vivian Price / Year: 2018

Just Transition—the idea that justice and equity must form an integral part of the transition towards a low-carbon world—is increasingly being mobilized both to counter the idea that protecting the environment and protecting jobs are incompatible, and to broaden the debate to justice-related issues such as the kinds of...

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Human Rights, Sustainable Development and Climate Policies: Connecting the Dots

Resources - Year: 2018

This Toolbox aims to help civil society promote an integrated and coherent human rights-based approach to sustainable development, poverty eradication and environmental justice by: Highlighting the importance of rights-based monitoring of sustainable development/climate change policies and how violations of human rights can harm or hinder the implementation of SDGs...

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The role and vulnerabilities of older people in drought in East Africa Progress, challenges and opportunities for a more inclusive humanitarian response

Resources - Author: Fiona Samuels, Georgia Plank, Veronique Barbelet / Year: 2018

Whilst older people have special needs, they also have unique skills, experiences and roles within their families, communities and societies. These roles continue to a certain extent during droughts, though household burdens may increase as younger adults have migrated or are grazing livestock further away. At the same time, droughts...

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‘Leaving no one behind’ through enabling climate-resilient economic development in dryland regions

Resources - Author: Eva Ludi, Guy Jobbins, Margherita Calderone, Moizza B. Sarwar, Rajeshree Sisodia / Year: 2018

‘Leave no one behind’ is a principle central to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This policy briefing, based on five years’ research by the PRISE project, puts forward the view that governments, development partners and investors must prioritise investments to tackle poverty and climate vulnerability in dryland...

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The Aarhus Convention: an implementation guide

Resources - Author: Fiona Marshall, Helmut Gaugitsch, Jerzy Jendroska, Jonas Ebbesson, Stephen Stec / Year: 2014

The Aarhus Convention, which is open for global accession, offers powerful twin protections for the environment and human rights. It provides an effective model for ensuring public input in defining and implementing green economy programmes, in choosing the most appropriate road maps to sustainability and for increasing transparency and...

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Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation and Decision Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

Legal depository - Year: 1998

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters  was adopted on 25 June 1998 in the Danish city of Aarhus (Århus) at the Fourth Ministerial Conference as part of the “Environment for Europe” process. It...

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World Employment Social Outlook: Greening with Jobs (2018)

Resources - Year: 2018

While climate change mitigation measures may cause short-term job losses, the report shows that a just transition to a more sustainable economy offers much potential for job creation and the promotion of decent work. The report also looks at key issues linked with the path to a greener economy,...

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Protected Against Climate Damage? The opportunities and limitations of climate risk insurance for the protection of vulnerable populations

Resources - Author: Nicola Wiebe, Sabine Minninger, Thomas Hirsch / Year: 2017

Climate change is not a problem of a distant future; it is already a bitter reality for millions of people around the world today. Bread for the World (Brot für die Welt) and ACT Alliance’s partner organisations report that the regions in which they operate are increasingly experiencing the...

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Social Protection and Climate Change: How did the Philippines combine emergency relief with lasting protection after Haiyan?

Resources - Year: 2017

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines’ Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) provided emergency employment opportunities to affected populations, and affiliated participants to several social insurance schemes. Nearly 80,000 programme participants received immediate relief after the typhoon struck in 2013, and were enrolled in the national...

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Thirsting for a Future: Water and children in a changing climate

Resources - Year: 2017

Climate change is one of many forces contributing to an unfolding water crisis. In the coming years, the demand for water will increase as food production grows, populations grow and move, industries develop and consumption increases. This can lead to water stress, as increasing demand and use of water...

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Policy Innovations for Transformative Change: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Resources - Author: Dunja Krause, Ilcheong Yi, Katja Hujo, Pascal van Griethuysen, Peter Utting, Valeria Esquivel / Year: 2016

World leaders have committed to transform our world and to leave no one behind in the quest for sustainable development. What needs to happen now to enable the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to deliver on its transformative promise? Which policies and practices will lead to social, economic and...

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Can Emergency Cash Transfers ‘Piggyback’ on Existing Social Protection Programmes?

Resources - Author: Paul Harvey, Rachel Slater, Sarah Bailey / Year: 2015

This background note focuses on the current discussion among actors in the humanitarian and social protection sectors regarding the use of existing social protection programmes to provide an emergency response. It outlines the overlaps between social protection and humanitarian responses, considers a range of recent examples from low- and...

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Sustainable development, decent work and green jobs

Resources - Author: ILO / Year: 2013

This report addresses two of the defining challenges of the twenty-first century: achieving environmental sustainability and turning the vision of decent work for all into a reality. It shows that not only are both challenges urgent, but they are also intimately linked and will have to be addressed together....

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