"World's Eco Focus Shifts"

On January 1, 2015, Marianne Lavelle authored an article for entitled "World's Eco Focus Shifts: Recent UN talks highlight need to include human impacts of green projects." The article described the recent UN climate talks in Lima where nations considered the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation effort and the way in which environmental harm impacts indigenous rights. The article stated that UN Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, John Knox, called for strong human rights language in the climate treaty. He was quoted as saying, “A human rights framework would help to make clear that governments don’t leave behind their human rights obligations when they walk through the doors of the climate negotiations.”