Climate change poses enormous human rights challenges in the Pacific and within Aotearoa New Zealand. It places responsibilities on governments and every one of us.

While climate change is on the agenda of Pacific leaders in Tuvalu this week, they should
ensure the link between climate change, human rights and responsibilities is explicit. Rising temperatures, changing weather patterns and rising sea levels, will inevitably impact on living standards and public health, as well as economic and social stability.

Some of these impacts are already felt in New Zealand and they bear upon the effective
enjoyment of human rights. They also have