April 14, 2022

UN Appoints New Special Rapporteur for HR in context of Climate Change

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has nominated Dr Ian Fry as the first ever Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change. 




The decision to create such a new mandate for a UN expert on the issue of human rights and climate change was taken in October 2021 by the HRC, through resolution 48/14.


Dr Fry recently published a Policy Brief with Toda Peace Institute which addresses the question of a regional peace process to address the primary security threats to the South Pacific due to climate change.


Dr Fry, holds the Australian and Tuvaluan nationalities, and was appointed by the HRC after a selection process. Dr Fry is an international environmental law and policy expert who has actively participated in climate negotiations as part of Small Islands States’ delegations, such as Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands. He also teaches at the Australian National University. To know more, you can visit 

https://fennerschool.anu.edu.au/people/academics/dr-ian-fry, or consult his application for the Special Rapporteur’s position at https://www.ohchr.org/en/hr-bodies/hrc/sp/hrc49.


His first report is expected in June, and will be presented at the 50th session of the Human Rights Council (13 June to 8 July 2022).