The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has adopted a resolution on climate change and human rights co-authored by Vietnam, the Philippines and Bangladesh, during its 41st session in Geneva, Switzerland on July 11-12.
|Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, head of Viet Nam’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva, at the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hoa|
The resolution, adopted along with 25 others, calls on countries to ensure the rights of the disabled amid the impacts of climate change, including their participation in the building and launching of projects against the changing climate at local, national and international levels.
It also urges enhanced international co-operation in financial assistance, technological transfer and capacity building for developing countries in response to climate change.
The session adopted 15 other resolutions regarding information technology and human rights, the rights of migrants and fighting discrimination against women and girls. The remaining 10 were passed by vote, including ones on human rights in the Philippines and international co-operation in human rights, among others.
The council approved Vietnam’s national report under the third-cycle Universal Periodic Review, and others by 13 other countries.
Vietnam accepted 241 out of 291 recommendations made by the council’s members, including the completion of legal regulations, measures to protect civil, political, socio-economic and cultural rights, strengthening mechanisms to protect human rights and issues regarding migration, climate change, the environment and sustainable development.
The Vietnamese delegation offered feedback at sessions to build draft resolutions and co-sponsored five other resolutions.
Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, head of the Viet Nam’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva, delivered speeches at several sessions.
Since 2014, the UNHRC has annually adopted a climate change resolution focusing on each specific theme such as the rights of children, women, migrants and the right to healthcare.
The next regular session will take place in Geneva in September.