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Facts and Norms Institute Participates in Public Consultation on Climate Emergency and Human Rights

Researchers from the Institute, Monique Salerno, and Gabriela Maia participate in an event organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil

Brasília, August 30, 2023 — Earlier this year, Chile and Colombia sought an Advisory Opinion from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to clarify the obligations of States concerning climate change, within the context of international human rights norms.

The request was motivated by the severe climate impacts both countries have been facing, such as droughts, floods, and fires, and it reflected significant concern over the consequences of the climate emergency in all countries of the Americas and the severe risks endured by the most vulnerable people and groups.

Given this, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil decided to hold a public consultation to prepare the Brazilian state's stance on the Advisory Opinion, aiming to hear and understand the positions of academic institutions and civil society organizations on the topic.

The Facts and Norms Institute took part in the consultation.

On August 30, 2023, researchers Monique Salerno and Gabriela Cavalieri Maia met with representatives of Brazilian diplomacy and presented their views on the climate emergency and human rights.

During the meeting, they shared some points from extensive research they conducted, along with researcher Julia Muinhos de Paula, related to the prevention and mitigation of the negative impacts of climate change concerning Brazil. In October 2023, the complete research will be submitted to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights by the Institute in the form of an amicus curiae brief written by the three researchers.

The researchers attended the entire session promoted by Brazilian diplomacy. "It was very interesting to hear about different angles related to state responsibility concerning the climate emergency, such as focusing on vulnerable groups like children, women, indigenous and traditional populations," highlighted Monique Salerno.

The Institute thanks the Brazilian state for the space and opportunity and hopes that its contributions can translate into concrete actions. One of the greatest challenges of our time, the climate emergency demands a combination of dialogue and action from our societies, which needs to deepen.


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