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CVF celebrates creation of UN special rapporteur

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 13 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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CVF celebrates creation of UN special rapporteur

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has welcomed the adoption of resolution on the mandate of the new Human Rights Council HRC special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change.

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) presided by Bangladesh celebrated the creation of a dedicated role to protect and promote human rights in the context of climate crisis at the HRC in Geneva through a resolution on October 8 at the 48th Session of the UN’s supreme body for human rights.

Speaking for the Climate Vulnerable Forum Presidency, Momen commented that this was a proud achievement for the peoples of the world’s most climate threatened nations, where many of them are being deprived of their rights to life and decent living due to climate change related displacement.

From the outset of Bangladesh’s presidency, pursing this mandate had been a top priority, said a Foreign Ministry statement on Tuesday.

In the CVF nations, Foreign Minister Momen said 1.2 billion people are facing threats to the enjoyment of their fundamental human rights through climatic consequences including sea-level rise, river erosion, salinity increase, floods and draughts that claim lives, livelihoods and displace people from their ancestral homes and traditional jobs.

He expressed thanks to the Members of the Human Rights Council for supporting the long overdue and critical resolution to create this mandate. Momen also expressed his sincere thanks to the CVF Secretariat for their efficient support and useful advice to the CVF Presidency and all Member States of the CVF.

The CVF’s Thematic Ambassador for Vulnerability, Saima Wazed, Speaker of the Maldives People’s Majlis, and former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed who is now the  CVF Thematic Ambassador for Ambition, and Tosi Mpanu Mpanu, Chair of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and CVF Thematic Ambassador for Renewable Energy also welcomed the decision taken by the UN Human Rights Council to establish the post of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and climate change.