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‘This is my message to the western world – your civilisation is killing life on Earth: Nemonte Nenquimo’


‘We Indigenous people are fighting to save the Amazon, but the whole planet is in trouble because you do not…
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UNEP-OHCHR Environmental Rights Bulletin


The first edition of the UN Environmental Rights Bulletin is now available! The UN Environmental Rights Bulletin is a joint…
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Towards the global recognition of the R2E


“It is our believe that a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment is integral to the full enjoyment of a…
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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor


The present report is the first submitted by the current mandate holder of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders,…
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Statement on the right to a healthy environment – NYC Bar Association


Statement from the NYC Bar Association calling for UN recognition of the right to a healthy environment. Long and detailed,…
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Letter on the Right to Environment


Advocating for the international recognition of the right to a healthy environment at the Human Rights Council: Excellencies, We, the…
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Invitation to online consultation > Too Dirty, Too Little, Too Much: The Global Water Crisis and Human Rights


The Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Dr. David Boyd, is working to provide additional clarity regarding the…
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The Esperanza Protocol


‘In 2016, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) launched the Esperanza Protocol. This project hopes to provide a…
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Mexico: ‘Mexico president attacks environmentalists’ foreign funding’


‘Mexico’s president launched a blistering attack on several environmentalist groups Friday, suggesting they were being paid by foreign foundations to…
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‘Why is the Inter-American Human Rights System lagging on climate change?’


‘The Inter-American Human Rights System is an important tool for Latin American human rights defenders, but why are the Court…
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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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