Challenges posed by climate change
- Parliamentary Assembly
debate on 29 September 2009 (30th Sitting) (see Doc. 12002, report of the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture
and Local and Regional Affairs, rapporteur: Mr Prescott; Doc. 12037, opinion of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Development,
rapporteur: Mr Blom; and Doc.
12040, opinion of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and
Population, rapporteur: Mr Chope). Text
adopted by the Assembly on 29 September 2009 (30th Sitting).
Assembly refers to its Resolution
on the challenges posed by climate change and asks the
Committee of Ministers to ensure that it is applied by member states
and observer countries.
The Assembly also recalls Recommendation 135 (2008)
on addressing the impacts of climate change on biodiversity,
adopted by the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation
of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) and
relevant texts of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
of the Council of Europe (the Congress), in particular, Recommendation 243
and Resolution 262 (2008)
on public, local and regional action: for a new energy
culture; Resolution 247
on local and regional authorities committed to sustainable
on climate change: building adaptive capacity of local
and regional authorities.
The Assembly invites the Committee of Ministers to adopt the
issue of climate change as one of its core priorities and to instruct
the relevant bodies of the Council of Europe to consider addressing
this vital issue in their respective activities and therefore:
4.1 strengthen co-ordination of
existing activities related to climate change across different bodies and
through the different managing structures of Council of Europe intergovernmental
programmes, including the Bern Convention and the Pan-European Biological
and Landscape Diversity Strategy (PEBLDS), the European Conference
of Ministers responsible for Regional/Spatial Planning (CEMAT), the
European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), the
European Committee on Migration (CDMG) and other services in the
Directorate of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage, and invite
other relevant sectors to join;
4.2 explore the linkages between climate change and human
rights in Europe, including the implications of climate-change-related
impact on the effective enjoyment of human rights, and the role that
human rights obligations can play in strengthening international
policy making in regard to climate change;
4.3 communicate widely current Council of Europe activities
related to climate change.
In view of the preceding, the Assembly draws attention to
its Recommendation 1885
on a draft additional protocol to the European Convention
on Human Rights concerning the right to a healthy environment and Recommendation 1862 (2009)
and reiterates its request to the Committee of Ministers
to instruct the relevant expert committee to draft a new protocol
to the European Convention on Human Rights enshrining the right
to a healthy and viable environment as a human right.
6 The Assembly also invites the Congress to urge local and regional
authorities to take the necessary action to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and to deal with the effects of climate change.