Geneva -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on Monday warned about the potential "catastrophic" impact of climate change on the world's people.
She said that the United Nations must not only deal with traditional human rights issues, but also an array of new ones such as climate change, and its impact on the rights of every single human being.
"Climate change is a reality that now affects every region of the world," said Bachelet at the opening ceremony of the 42nd meeting of the UN Human Rights Council here.
"The human implications of currently projected levels of global heating are catastrophic. Storms are rising, and tides could submerge entire island nations and coastal cities."
She said fires rage through forests, and the ice is melting. "We are burning up our future - literally," said the UN rights chief.