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Climate Change and Human Rights

The projections of the ACIA suggest that climate change threatens the welfare and way of life of Athabaskan peoples, guaranteed under human rights regimes. We believe that national and/or provincial/state governments have a duty to put in place effective mitigation and adaptation policies and programmes that reflect our collective human rights. We are exploring whether and how the 1948 American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man may be mobilized and used by AAC to persuade governments to adopt assertive and far-reaching mitigation and adaptation measures. We need to draw upon and summarize the traditional knowledge, testimony and wisdom of Athabaskan peoples and to use this information to persuade decision-makers to abandon their essentially non-committal, wait and see, approach to this global scourge. In particular, we are looking at whether and how human rights regimes may assist us to persude the governments of the United States and Canada to take the lead in pressing for reductions globally of emissions of black carbon--soot--that accounts for a significant percentage of climate change in the Arctic.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights


From left to right: Commissioner Dinah Shelton; Commissioner Páulo Sérgio Pinheiro; Commissioner Luz Patricia Mejía; Commissioner Felipe González; Commissioner Rodrigo Escobar Gil; Commissioner María Silvia Guillén; Commissioner José de Jesús Orozco; Executive Secretary, Santiago A. Canton.


Arctic Athabaskan Council


Arctic Athabaskan Council
300 Range Rd, PO Box 39
Whitehorse STN C S C
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5X9
Phone: +1 867 335 6030

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