Mary Robinson to discuss Climate Justice Dialogue at Community Based Adaptation Conference

Mary Robinson is in Dhaka, Bangladesh this week for the seventh International Conference on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA7), which takes place from 22-25 April.

Mrs Robinson will give the closing session’s keynote speech, while preceding this Mary Faherty, Programme Manager with the Foundation, will co-facilitate with Heather McGray of the World Resources Institute, a session entitled ‘Human rights, equity, and the legal aspects of climate change adaptation’.

The session will explore what is needed in a legal framework to support the solutions and approaches CBA has developed in order to tackle the impacts of climate change. It will discuss how the rule of law will be brought into the climate change process at the local, national and international level in order to protect rights, reduce risk, build resilience and empower people – this is particularly important in the context of a post-2015 climate agreement.

The panel will also discuss the Climate Justice Dialogue, which the Foundation has established with the World Resources Institute. This dialogue is an innovative project that will mobilise political will and creative thinking to shape an equitable and ambitious international climate agreement in 2015.

Panellists taking part in this session will include Mary Robinson and Cosmin Corendea, United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security, while case studies will come from Kevin Henry of CARE and Koko Warner, United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security. CBA7 is managed by the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies.

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The panel session ‘Human rights, equity, and the legal aspects of climate change adaptation’ will run from 9-10:30am GMT on Wednesday, 24 April, while Mrs Robinson will give her address, ‘An Introduction to the Climate Justice Dialogue’ during the closing session from 6:30-8am GMT on Thursday, 25 April.


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