March 6, 2015
STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA *) FULL-DAY DISCUSSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE AT THE 28TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Let me start by thanking the panelist for their statements and valuable observations.
It is important to recall that, through its previous resolutions, the Council has clearly expressed concern that climate change poses an immediate and far-reaching threat to people and communities around the world. In line with this general point of view from the Council, we strongly believe that climate change-related impact directly and indirectly threatens the full and effective enjoyment of a range of human rights, including the right to life, water and sanitation, food, health, housing, culture and development.
We are of the view that our current discussion is not, and should not, be directed towards bringing the discussion and dynamic outside the human rights aspects, in particular those aspects that falls inside the mandate of the UNFCCC. At the same time, there should be a proper recognition on the linkage between the discussion under the UNFCCC framework and the discussion on the rights based aspects of the issue.
It is always important to recognize that human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development, and therefore the right to development must be fulfilled so as to meet the development and environmental needs of present and future generations. Addressing the global nature of climate change needs a widest possible cooperation by all countries and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response, in accordance with the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities as well as taking into account different social and economic conditions.
Addressing the issue of climate change needs strong leadership and policies at all levels: national, regional as well as global level. However, we clearly understand that this issue can only be dealt properly if we take concrete steps that might even go beyond our usual policy of making comfort zone.
Let me finish by emphasizing the needs for all of us to continue to enhance international dialogue and cooperation in relation to the adverse impact of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights, including the right to development, including through dialogue and measures, such as the implementation of practical steps to promote and facilitate capacity-building, financial resources and technology transfer.
I thank you.
Geneva, 6 March 2015
*) Delivered by Mr. Dicky Komar, Director for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.