Climate change and the policies instituted to combat it are affecting the realiza- tion of the right to food in myriad, often unnoticed ways. This report highlights how – despite the common objective to preserve human welfare for present and future generations – the climate change regime and the human rights regime addressing the right to food have failed to coordinate their agendas and to collab- orate to each other’s mutual benefit. The current climate change regime fails to accurately address the human harms resulting from climate change itself, and is not operating with the necessary safeguards and preventive measures to ensure that mitigation and adaptation measures are fully complementary to the right to food obligations of states and non-state actors. Likewise, the human rights regime insufficiently utilizes the tools available to deal with problems of climate change-related threats to the enjoyment of the right to food. The report proposes concrete methods by which institutions can address climate change problems and realize the right to food symbiotically, in compliance with the principles of systemic integration under international law.
Human Rights Institute,
Climate Change and the Right to Food: A Comprehensive Study,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/human_rights_institute/65