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Reducing vulnerability - A possible contribution of the human rights community to the conundrums of climate change

Lindkvist Gustafsson, Linde LU (2009) MRSM01 20091
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
The realisation that climate change will have serious effects on human life has activated the wider human rights community, which is now searching for an entrance into the global issue of our time. So far, most efforts by human rights practitioners have been concentrated on the overarching problem of global injustice, which relates to the right to development.

However, in estimating the effects of climate change on human beings, the concept of vulnerability emerges as a key factor. By investigating the social dimensions of vulnerability, and by navigating a network of connected concepts, including poverty; climate change adaptation and human development, this essay suggests that the human rights community can contribute by reducing... (More)
The realisation that climate change will have serious effects on human life has activated the wider human rights community, which is now searching for an entrance into the global issue of our time. So far, most efforts by human rights practitioners have been concentrated on the overarching problem of global injustice, which relates to the right to development.

However, in estimating the effects of climate change on human beings, the concept of vulnerability emerges as a key factor. By investigating the social dimensions of vulnerability, and by navigating a network of connected concepts, including poverty; climate change adaptation and human development, this essay suggests that the human rights community can contribute by reducing vulnerabilities to lessening the adverse effects on human beings from global warming. Above all, this means sticking to what it does best — namely safeguarding human dignity and equality in the relation between the individual and the state. (Less)
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author
Lindkvist Gustafsson, Linde LU
supervisor
organization
course
MRSM01 20091
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Climate Change, Vulnerability, Human Rights, Human Security, Human Rights-based approach, human development, Risk Position, Risk Society, Adaptation, The Right to Development, Poverty, Disability
language
English
id
1393230
date added to LUP
2009-05-06 11:23:19
date last changed
2014-09-04 08:27:46
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  abstract     = {The realisation that climate change will have serious effects on human life has activated the wider human rights community, which is now searching for an entrance into the global issue of our time. So far, most efforts by human rights practitioners have been concentrated on the overarching problem of global injustice, which relates to the right to development. 

However, in estimating the effects of climate change on human beings, the concept of vulnerability emerges as a key factor. By investigating the social dimensions of vulnerability, and by navigating a network of connected concepts, including poverty; climate change adaptation and human development, this essay suggests that the human rights community can contribute by reducing vulnerabilities to lessening the adverse effects on human beings from global warming. Above all, this means sticking to what it does best — namely safeguarding human dignity and equality in the relation between the individual and the state.},
  author       = {Lindkvist Gustafsson, Linde},
  keyword      = {Climate Change,Vulnerability,Human Rights,Human Security,Human Rights-based approach,human development,Risk Position,Risk Society,Adaptation,The Right to Development,Poverty,Disability},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Reducing vulnerability - A possible contribution of the human rights community to the conundrums of climate change},
  year         = {2009},
}