Climate change and people with disabilities

July 17, 2019


Last Friday, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on climate change and the rights of persons with disabilities. These people, already affected by social and physical barriers are additionally affected by climate change.
They may be more susceptible to diseases spread by climate change, in case of flooding or other environmental disasters they may be less able to relocate and find safety, etc. This group has been largely absent from the climate change discussion, and this resolution is the first step to engaging those with impairments into the dialogue in order to ensure the realization of their human rights, such as the right to health.

More information: Human Rights Watch website