In many regions around the world, the effects of climate change are already being felt today. They particularly affect the most vulnerable population groups and threaten human rights, including the right to life, health, water, food and an adequate standard of living.
Measures to enhance climate justice and increase societal resilience will be discussed at a joint online symposium of the Human Rights Committee of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Royal Society of Edinburgh/UK on Thursday, 28 October and Friday, 29 October 2021.
Online-Symposium of the Human Rights Committee of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Royal Society of Edinburgh/UK
"Human Rights and Climate Change" Thursday, 28 October, 2:30pm to 5pm (CEST) and Friday, 29 October 2021, 10am to 12:35pm (CEST) Online via Zoom
Prof. Dr. Marcel Jaspars, Vice-President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh/UK and Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Zenner (Tübingen/Germany), interim Chair of the Human Rights Committee (HRC) of the Leopoldina, will introduce the topic of the event. Among the speakers are the geoscientist and Leopoldina member Prof. Dr. Gabriele Hegerl (Edinburgh/UK) and the environmental physician Prof. Dr. Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann (Augsburg/Germany).
In addition, human rights experts will speak at the symposium, among them Dunja Mijatović (Strasbourg/France), Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, David R. Boyd (Geneva/Switzerland), UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, and Prof. Dr. Alan Miller (Glasgow/UK), independent Co-Chair of the Scottish National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership.
The event takes place in the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), which starts on Sunday, 31 October 2021, in Glasgow/UK.
The online-symposium is open to the interested public, free of charge and will be held in English. By using the video conferencing platform Zoom, participants agree to the provider's privacy statement: . Further information on the event and registration via Eventbrite can be found here