In partnership with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), this comprehensive online training, which ran from October to November 2022, sought to emphasize the collective significance and cooperation between Asian and European nations when addressing human rights concerns.
This training specifically discussed climate action approaches intertwined and grounded with an understanding of human rights. Check the leaflet pages and recorded sessions below for more information.
In this opening session, Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ centered on discussing the science of climate change: from its causes, effects, and the actions that we should be pursuing
In this second session, speakers Chiara Liguori and Mark Dummet from Amnesty International analyzed (1) the effects of climate change impacts on disadvantaged groups, and (2) how communities can achieve a just transition to cleaner and sustainable practices in a just manner.
In this third session, Dr. Annalisa Savaresi centered on the interplay between human rights and climate change and international environmental law, and how human rights law obligations may be used in litigation concerning the climate emergency.
In this fourth session, Mr. Timothy Fish Hodgson explained the responsibility of businesses in dealing with the challenges posed by climate change, as well as existing guidelines (e.g. United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; the Maastricht ETO Principles).
In this fifth session, Dr. Ashfaq Khalfan, Climate Justice Director of Oxfam America, lectured on the Duty of States in the Context of Climate Change. This was followed by Professor Peter C. Frumhoff's discussion on how science can inform climate litigation.
In this sixth session, Maria Soccoro Diokno of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) analyzed the application of a human-rights based approach (HRBA) in climate policies. This was followed by Atty. Roberto Eugenio T. Cadiz, founding President of the Climate Action and Human Rights Institute, discussed the Broad Concept of Remedies and Non-Judicial Access to Remedy Mechanisms for Human Rights Protection. He used the National Inquiry on Climate Change as a specific case study in investigating the impact of climate change on human rights.
In this last session, May Thazin Aung from the International Institute for Environment and Development examined the role of Climate Finance in Climate Action. The next lecture was delivered by the honorable Senator Loren Legarda where she analyzed the Best Practices in Human Rights-based Climate Adaptation. The last topic was discussed by Dr. Ian Fry who talked about the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the context of Climate Change Mitigation, Loss and Damage, and Participation.