Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Context of Climate Change, Ian Fry
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As delivered by Kelly Billingsley
Human Rights Council – 53rd Session
June 27, 2023
Thank you, Mr. President.
Thank you, Mr. Special Rapporteur, for your report.
There is no denying that the adverse effects of climate change have already caused people to leave their homes and communities. Without serious steps to address climate change, countless more around the world will be forced to migrate.
Climate change disproportionately affects marginalized communities, which in turn compounds existing vulnerabilities. Climate change increases risks of displacement, creating new situations of vulnerability through family separation, exclusion from public services, and other challenges.
We need to work together in order to help those who must leave their homes due to climate effects. At the same time, we should integrate climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction efforts into community approaches to prevent displacement.
By better anticipating and responding to disasters, governments, communities, and households can better manage risks and recover faster in the face of recurring climate-induced tragedies.
Mr. Special Rapporteur, how can we ensure that resilience and adaptation plans meaningfully involve and consider protection needs for populations in vulnerable situations on issues such as accessibility, child protection, disability rights, gender equity, food insecurity, and Indigenous rights?
I thank you.