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Canada presses for recognition of human, indigenous rights in climate deal – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 2015442 Views

Dec. 10, 2015

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has raised concerns that the looming Paris climate deal may give short shrift to human rights and rights of indigenous people, as negotiators worked through the night to reach an accord by Friday’s deadline.

In a plenary session early Thursday morning, Ms. McKenna highlighted what she described as the “critically important” issue that Canadians negotiators have stressed throughout the negotiations: that human and indigenous rights must be adequately recognized in the agreement.

“We are deeply concerned that the reference to human rights and rights of indigenous peoples” was still in dispute, both in the preamble and in the body of the draft text, she said.

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