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      Human Rights and the New Sustainable Mechanism of the Paris Agreement: A New Opportunity to Promote Climate Justice

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          In the light of the new era of climate action under the Paris Agreement (PA) and the rights and justice issues raised by climate change-related policies and measures, this paper discusses the integration of a human rights component within the Sustainable Development Mechanism (SDM) of the PA. Established in article 6.4, the SDM is essentially a new mitigation mechanism available to all Parties aimed at helping them to achieve and increase their mitigation actions, while fostering sustainable development. Looking back at the experience of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, which bears great resemblance to the SDM, as well as to the human rights concerns raised during its implementation, the integration of human rights considerations into the SDM and its governing rules seems to be necessary to prevent negative outcomes and human rights harms when implemented. The adoption of such rules, consistent with international human rights, could provide an opportunity for State Parties to operationalise the language included in the PA and tackle the climate change challenge, while ensuring respect for human rights.

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                pelj
                PER: Potchefstroomse Elektroniese Regsblad
                PER
                North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) (Potchefstroom, North-West Province, South Africa )
                1727-3781
                2018
                : 21
                : 1
                : 1-39
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                [01] orgnameNorth-West University South Africa
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                S1727-37812018000100013
                10.17159/1727-3781/2018/v21i0a3189
                f21868f3-fcd0-4262-8b96-358e309f0fcd

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                Human Rights,Clean Development Mechanism (CDM),Sustainable Development Mechanism (SDM),Paris Agreement,Climate change

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