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Open Archive: Advancing human rights through secure mobile media preservation


OpenArchive is a veteran research and development organization dedicated to the ethical collection and long-term preservation of mobile media. OpenArchive…
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AIDA > Alert System: COVID-19 in Latin America – The pandemic threatens the environment and human rights in the region


The pandemic threatens the environment and human rights in the region The impacts of the pandemic have extended far beyond…
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‘Sounding the alarm about illegal logging? There’s an app for that’


‘Using the customizable app ForestLink, traditional forest guardians (people living within and around the forest) can send near-real-time, geo-tagged alerts…
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Kenya: ‘State ordered to pay Sh1.3bn to Owino Uhuru lead poisoning victims’


The metal refinery factory in Changamwe, Mombasa believed to have caused lead poisoning among residents of Owino Uhuru slums. On…
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‘Convite is a series of sound postcards directed to land defenders, environmental defenders, social leaders of indigenous, black and rural…
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The Defenders: Portraits of Hope, Resilience, and Solidarity


‘The Right to Defend: Portraits of Resilience, Hope and Solidarity is a story-telling project celebrating the work of human rights…
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Action For Nature: 2019 International Young Eco-Hero Award Winners


Action for Nature, Inc. is an international non-profit organization based in San Francisco, California, that encourages young people to take…
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Towards a Geneva Road Map


Supporting Environmental Defenders   As public attention grows to the changing conditions of environmental civil society and defenders, increasing research,…
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Young Champions of the Earth


Invent the future Are you a change-maker, rain-maker, ground-breaker? Do you see opportunity where others see crisis? Do you want to…
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Series: The Defenders


The Guardian: In collaboration with Global Witness, the Guardian has attempted to record the deaths of all these people, whether…
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human rights
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a crisis.

The environment is a new battleground for human rights. As demand for products like timber, minerals and palm oil continues to rise, governments, companies and criminals are exploiting land with little regard for the people who live on it

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Around the world, those who defend the environment and the human rights that depend on it face all types of obstacles, challenges and threats. Overcoming adversity, environmental human rights defenders have been working to change the lifes of many.

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The Escazu

This landmark treaty aims to guarantee the full and effective implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the rights of access to environmental information, public participation in the environmental decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters.

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Global Perspectives in Environment Rights


123 First Avenue Washington D.C., United States

4:00 pm

Event 2


123 Fake Avenue Barcelona, Spain

12:00 am

First Global Meeting of National Focal Points of the Montevideo Programme V


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

9:00 am

Semana por la Amazonía Colombiana - 'vida, territorio y espiritualidad'


Bogotá, Colombia

12:00 am

Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater: An Increasing Threat



12:00 am

World Biodiversity Forum


Davos, Switzerland

12:00 am

Geneva Strategy Roadmap for Enabling Environmental Civic Spaces and Protecting Defenders


Palais Eynard Geneva, Switzerland

9:00 am

Side Event: Presentation of Mexico’s International Human Rights Recommendations Monitoring System (SERIDH)


Geneva, Switzerland

10:30 am

Supporting environmental defenders: How can we mobilize the international community?


Geneva, Switzerland

5:30 pm

The Environmental Human Rights Defenders Crisis: Towards a Geneva Road Map


Geneva, Switzerland

10:30 am

DD Coalition

The Defending Land and Environmental Defenders Coalition was formed to build a bridge between international, national and local work, and overcome gaps between siloed communities who may be failing to build on each other's work

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