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Climate change is not just an environmental issue, but is fast becoming the greatest human rights challenge of our time. This joint CARE / CIEL briefing paper provides an overview of the human rights implications of climate change and the human rights obligations of States relating to climate change. It explores ways in which human rights can be addressed further in the UNFCCC process. The paper also sets out specific recommendations for integrating human rights into the UNFCCC climate regime.




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Choice, not control: Why limiting the fertility of poor populations will not solve the climate crisis


Increasing access to family planning among poor populations has been promoted as a way to achieve two things at once: improving women’s and girl’s much-needed control over contraception, while at the same time reducing population pressure in ways that would minimise the causes and consequences of climate change.


This discussion paper argues that strengthening women’s and girls’ reproductive rights is a global imperative for equitable development and must be a priority in its own right, regardless of a country’s population growth and carbon footprint.




2015 and beyond: Action for a just, gender-equitable and sustainable future.


This briefing paper outlines CARE's recommendations for promoting gender-equitable and sustainable development in the face of climate change for the ongoing 2015 policy processes, including the Sustainable Development Goals, the UNFCCC negotiations, and the post-2015 disaster risk reduction framework.


Bonn Expectations



No time to lose: What can we expect from the UN climate talks in Bonn? 


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiation session in Bonn, which takes place from 4 to 15 June 2014, is an important milestone as we head towards the UN climate conference in Peru (COP20, December 2014). Both events must result in substantial steps forward if governments are to agree on a new and ambitious climate change framework to tackle the growing climate crisis when they meet in Paris in 2015. This briefing outlines key issues on the agenda at the June negotiation session and summarises CARE’s key demands.



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Tackling the climate reality: An framework for establishing an international mechanism to address loss and damage at COP19. 


As global warming continues at an alarming rate, communities around the world are already suffering from unprecedented losses as a result of extreme weather and slow onset climate-related disasters. With no sign of the collective global action required to tackle the climate crisis, the sheer scale of climate impacts which cannot be adapted to are only set to get worse. Following last year's COP18 decision to consider the establishment of an international mechanism to address climate change loss and damage in Warsaw, a new joint report from CARE International, ActionAid and WWF revisits the critical arguments in favour of such a mechanism and proposes a suggested framework for its creation under the UNFCCC, helping to bring the concept to life. 


No Excuse for Inaction


No excuse for inaction: CARE International's demands for the UN climate change talks in Warsaw, Poland 


Climate change is real and it is happening now. As the latest instalment of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report confirms with 95% certainty, global temperatures are increasing, sea-level rise is accelerating, oceans are warming and acidifying, glaciers and Arctic sea ice are in decline and rainfall patterns are changing, all as a result of human- caused climate change. 


Yet, despite clear scientific evidence about the growing scale and pace of climate change, the exploration for and burning of fossil fuels continues uncurbed. Current levels of concerted global action to tackle emissions and help people adapt to climate impacts still fall far short of what is required. This expectations paper presents CARE International's demands for the 2013 climate talks in Warsaw.



JotoAfrika SpecialIssue201212 03-1Joto Afrika is a series of briefings and resources about adapting to climate change in sub-saharan Africa. It helps people understand the issues, constraints and opportunities that poor people face in adapting to climate change and escaping poverty. 


Communicating climate information, in ways that users can understand and apply is a critical resource to support effective adaptation to climate change. This latest Joto Afrika issue (June 2013) shows how a range of programmes in Kenya, Niger and Ghana are developing approaches to incorporating communication of climate information into their work with farmers and pastoralists in climate vulnerable areas. This issue is also available in French.


The December 2012 special issue looks at the experiences of communities who are adapting to a changing climate in Mozambique, Kenya, Niger and Ghana and considers a range of new and innovative approaches. These include farmer field schools in Mozambique, Community Adaptation Action Planning in Niger, the role of Community Monitors in adaptation in Ghana and women's voices on vulnerability, resilience and climate change.


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Tackling the Limits to Adaptation: An international framework to address 'loss and damage' from climate change impacts.


The aim of this report is to highlight the pressing issue of climate change loss and damage and the urgent
action required of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its parties to address it. It is aimed first and foremost at UNFCCC negotiators and at the politicians and policymakers who will determine negotiating positions for their countries. However, the report is also useful for other actors and agencies working on and around the issue of climate change and who are concerned about our common future.




One Planet–One Future Equity and resilience for sustainable development


This report highlights how sustainable development solutions coming out of the Rio+20 Summit must fully address equity and resilience, gender equality, food security and climate change.It highlights that the world’s poorest people are increasingly bearing the consequences of unsustainable development; and explains that to truly deliver upon sustainable development, any new development path must focus on ensuring equity and building resilience within the global economy, within countries and within local communities.


     Related Open Editorial by Kit Vaughan, CARE International Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator:  


     We have no time to lose–The global transition must start now


     Related Human Interest Stories:

     - Ethnic minorities in Vietnam’s northern mountains act on their dreams for a more sustainable future - English

loss.damageInto Unknown Territory: The limits to adaptation and reality of loss and damage from climate impacts 

Climate change will inflict devastating damage to land, property, ecosystems and human life. Yet loss and damage from climate impacts gets far less attention than it deserves from climate negotiators and politicians.This paper contextualises issues around loss and damage as a result of climate change and demonstrates the urgent necessity for a range of approaches to address it through scaled up adaptation and mitigation measures. Joint Report by CARE, Germanwatch, ActionAid and WWF.


     Related Open Editorial by Kit Vaughan, CARE International Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator:  

     Gambling with the future of the planet


     Related Human Interest Stories on loss & damage:

     - Kadiza Begum works with CARE to lift herself out of poverty - English

     - Pumpkin production helps people remain in local area despite flooding; erosion - English










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  • humanfaceCARE and climate change brochure - English/ French
  • Read about CARE International's strategic response to climate change, including our focus on: global policy engagement, adaptation, making carbon finance work for poor and marginalised people, and organisational change. We emphasise social justice, gender equality and
    empowerment in everything we do.

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Adaptation and Food Security - English French / Spanish

Food insecurity is a growing concern throughout the developing world, particularly for poor women and children. CARE understands that achieving food security for all will require a coordinated effort that incorporates preventive, promotional, protective and transformative measures. This brief outlines CARE’s understanding of the challenge and our response. 


Vulnerability to climate change is determined, in large part, by people's adaptive capacity. A particular climate hazard, such as a drought, does not affect all people within a community – or even the same household – equally because some have greater capacity than others to manage the crisis. This working brief looks at why gender is central to CARE's understanding of and response to the impacts of climate change.


CARE is implementing Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) projects that target the world's most vulnerable populations and integrating climate change into our ongoing development work. This working brief summarises CARE's two-track approach to adaptation and explains why we think both are critical to meeting the global climate change challenge.



REPORT from Hunger Alliance in the UK (with CARE UK and partner support):


whatworksWhat Works for Women highlights proven approaches for empowering women smallholders and achieving food security. The report features a case study from a CARE disaster preparedness programme tailored to women in Tajikistan where community members were introduced to simple technologies to help them adapt to a changing climate.




CARE Australia’s Climate Sensitivity Screening of our Project Portfolio- Climate change can undermine or, in some cases, reverse the effectiveness and sustainability of development interventions. Conversely, well-designed development activities can increase people’s resilience to climate change impacts. In this report, CARE Australia shares its experience applying a Climate Sensitivity Check across a database of projects, with the aim of determining priorities and attempting to analyse patterns of sensitivity based on the screening exercise.




  • waterWaiting for the water to come: Poverty reduction in times of global climate change


This report aims to provide an overview of the state of the debate on poverty reduction in the face of climate change. The authors have investigated the links between poverty and climate change in practice and examined the issues in the light of a case study in Indonesia. They have deliberately selected a country which is both particularly affected by climate change and also one of those causing global warming. The findings are clear: climate change does make tackling poverty more difficult. And it seems that more and more people are in danger of slipping into poverty due to changing environmental conditions.




  • aterraCARE Brasil has published in partnership with Fundação Demócrito Rocha three daily supplements on climate change and local development in semi-arid regions of Northeast Brasil. These supplements have been distributed by the regional newspaper O Povo to 35,000 direct readers, reaching out to some 100,000 people, as part of CARE Brasil efforts to raise awareness and mobilize public opinion on state-level at Ceará, one of the most affected states by climate change.


- Booklet 1 – The Earth

- Booklet 2 – The Man

- Booklet 3 – The Struggle


- Climate Change and the Brasilian Northeast - An article in English from "The Earth" by Markus Brose, National Director, CARE Brasil