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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Human Rights Council (HRC) are working to highlight the links between climate change and human rights and to demand a rights-based approach to guide global climate change policy and action. The Human Rights Committee stresses the importance of addressing human rights in the context of discussions on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In their reflections, the APA Co-Chairs express their confidence that the APA is “on track” to fulfill its mandate, while recognizing the need to significantly increase the pace of work, given the “breadth and complexity” of the topics. The negotiations on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, held in September 2015, provided a greater commitment to the integration of human rights into international efforts to promote sustainable development. OHCHR organized, participated in events and spoke at events; links with electoral groups such as gender, economy, youth, indigenous peoples and local communities, research, farmers and trade unions; participated in consultations and supported rights-based approaches to addressing climate change. The High Commissioner issued a letter to the Permanent Representations in New York and Geneva on priorities for human rights-based climate action, including the renewal and revision of national contributions, the development of rules for the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and the fight against loss and damage. With regard to GST issues, it is explained in the comments that the parties could consider developing elements of text on justice, identifying commonalities in positions, combining elements between the different constituent elements, clarifying the remaining differences and expressing them as options among the constituent elements. In collaboration with Fiji, the Office organized the first official human rights event at a UNFCCC COP.