With an in-country presence before, during and after a conflict, UNDP is increasingly expected to assume a substantive role in providing rule of law, justice, security and human rights assistance to countries threatened or affected by crisis and fragility. In order to meet these demands, UNDP’s Crisis Bureau has bolstered its capacity to provide support to the field and articulated a Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development. The RoLSHR programme and team directly provide support to over 40 countries and leads and supports policy development and guidance in rule of law, security and human rights related areas, including in the context of the SDG and Sustaining Peace agendas.
UNDP’s Climate Promise is a response to the challenges facing our planet and threatening ecosystems, livelihoods, stability and peace. The Climate Promise draws upon UNDP’s extensive portfolio of expertise across priorities such as energy, forests, water, resilience, agriculture, health, youth, finance, governance, gender equality and green jobs. It also builds upon UNDP’s established track record in supporting governments to discuss, design and deliver climate action under Paris Agreement.
The nexus between the Climate Promise and SDG 16 has not yet been well articulated. However, there is a direct and important link between justice, climate insecurity, the degradation, scarcity of or equitable access to natural resources and human rights. UNDP Country Offices are increasingly providing support to government partners to achieve their climate pledges by incorporating climate action as a priority in their national development plans and constitutions. The Rule of Law and justice sector has a key role to play in achieving a country’s goals. One clear area is in legislative and regulatory reform.
Currently the ROLSHR programme is undergoing a midterm evaluation for its Global Program, drafting of Phase 4 of this Global Programme as well as the development of a Justice Strategy including a new e-justice strategy. Climate or “green” justice is a relatively new area for the ROLSHR programme and connects with initiatives across the Justice, Human Rights and Security workstreams. While a few Country Offices have initiated activities on climate justice, the impact and range of interventions is not clearly understood. One of the challenges facing the programme is that green justice lies somewhere between SDG goals.
Sustainability, biodiversity, healthy ecosystems and climate change are cross-cutting dimensions of Agenda 2030: SDG 15 life on land, SDG14 life below water, SDG 6 clean water and sanitation, and SDG13 climate action. Similarly, human rights are a both a crosscutting dimension of Agenda 2030, and specifically recognized in SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions.
Moreover, working towards responsible and sustainable production and consumption patterns (SDG 12) and strong partnerships (SDG 17) are enabling factors for advancing sustainability and human rights. However, the text of SDG 16 does not specify social-ecological dimensions. Similarly, and more broadly the dependency on nature for preventing and mitigation climate change and for human wellbeing remain unrecognized and undermined in global efforts and strategies aiming to achieve prosperity for people and societies, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.
There is a need to elevate nature issues by understanding the linkages between People and Planet and how they continue to evolve. This can help identify and/or accelerate urgent need for action to ensure a healthy planet and a safe climate, including by ensuring that both human rights and environmental issues are integrated into legal and policy frameworks through to enforcement and implementation. It also includes assessing where reform is required and how justice and human rights can play a role in creating fair and decent situations for people so that this interlinkage with nature is integrated at international and national levels and human rights are assured for all.
The impact of the climate crisis, nature and environment on indigenous peoples, migrants, minorities, youth, women and children are essential elements for the green justice agenda. There is a clear interdependence between communities – especially rural ones – the economy and the environment. The traditional sexual division of labor and gender roles establish care and domestic tasks for women, as well as obtaining and managing natural resources. This makes interdependence more critical for women due to their often direct relationship and dependence on natural resources to feed the family, to have access to water suitable for human consumption, for economic sustenance and for energy. Women are also more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as they spend more time and energy on activities related to their environment. Another relevant factor is the relationship between poverty and the production and consumption of goods and services, since generating added value in the various stages of the value chain is linked to the promotion of jobs and income in the communities.
Therefore, it is important to analyze the challenges so that women can participate meaningfully in the decision-making processes on access, use and control of natural resources, as well as in the equitable distribution of the resulting benefits to successfully face the challenges of change. climate and environmental.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK
Under the overall supervision of the RoLSHR Team Leader and in close coordination with the ROLSHR Team and Regional Hubs, the Consultant will:
The Consultant’s expected outputs and deliverables will be as follows:
Consultancy: Climate and Green Justice Strategy, for the Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights team
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