President of MRFCJ, Mary Robinson has highlighted how the debate on climate change is moving from stopping it, to how best to manage its effects.
In a lecture on 10 March 2011 at the London School of Economics entitled Protecting the Most Vulnerable: Securing a Legally Binding Climate Agreement, Mary Robinson discussed climate justice and its links to human rights and development to achieve a human-centred approach to the issue of climate change.
Following Mary Robinson's address, there was a meaningful engagement from the audience on the issue of legally binding agreements.
Most felt that a legally binding deal is possible and a number of people raised the issue of how a human rights dimension could be included in such a deal.
A number of other issues were raised by members of the audience including the importance of mitigation, human rights and finance in a climate agreement, energy justice, carbon markets, the possibility of an international environmental court and the gender implications of climate change.
"Time is ticking on climate change: we urgently need a new, legally binding agreement with concrete measures to reduce greenhouse gases" - Mary Robinson, LSE Blogs, 31 May 2011
"Climate change is a human rights issue" - NewNet, 11 March 2011
"Legally-binding climate agreement could take three paths" - NewNet, 11 March 2011
Briefing note on the ‘legal form’ of a new climate agreement [9 pages, 105kb]