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Beyond technology transfer: protecting human rights in a climate-constrained world

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This ICHRP report addresses issues central to technology policy at a critical time. Following the June 2008 ICHRP report, Climate Change and Human Rights: A Rough Guide, the latest report addresses the concerns of both environmental activists and human rights advocates, so shared principles might be found and a common position forged. Technology is central to the challenge of climate change. Making technologies available where they are needed is vital both to reducing greenhouse gases worldwide and to adapting to climate change in vulnerable places. The transfer of technologies has long been recognised as an indispensable element of a stable future and is central to any global deal. But beyond all this, as the latest ICHRP report shows, technology is a principal means by which to pursue basic human rights standards for the world’s most vulnerable people in a climate-constrained future. This report shows the way ahead for a vital policy tool that has been stalled for too long. The information in this report was a key element of a September 2011 panel discussion at the UN Human Rights Council that included the President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives; the Deputy United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-Wha Kang; and Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ). The report is intended for policy-makers in local, national and international bodies; civil society organisations; and others concerned with technology policy, human rights, and the impacts of a changing global climate. A supplement to the full report is also available, condensing the key themes discussed and providing a concise checklist of recommendations for further action. The purpose of the Discussion Paper is to open up a set of issues for consideration by human rights groups and scholars and also to encourage those in the privacy field to think about human rights. It is intended as a platform for further investigation and research and, as such, is deliberately dilatory rather than comprehensive and conclusive. The paper indicates a number of areas where further research will be indispensable to understanding the full implications of current trends in information technology for human rights and to determine how those concerned by these impacts might orient themselves in the future. This paper lays the foundation for the next phase of our work on issues of privacy and data technologies.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/39431/

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