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International Union for Conservation of Nature – World Conservation Congress High-Level Dialogue on Environmental Defenders

Opening Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  5 September 2021 It is a pleasure to be with you all today, and I want first to express my profound gratitude and respect for your work. Defending biodiversity, ecosystems and our environment as a whole is dangerous. Both in the field and at the global level, my Office has been monitoring the situation...

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The Wellbeing Project is launching the Defenders Wellbeing Collective with support from Ford Foundation

Are you a human rights or social justice activist who cares about wellbeing at the individual, organizational and movement levels? The Wellbeing Project, in partnership with Human Rights Resilience Project, is launching its Defenders Wellbeing Collective. Social justice and human rights advocates often face stress and trauma, but frequently lack tools to support  resilience at the...

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Human rights must be at heart of UN plan to save planet – expert

GENEVA (19 August 2021) – The UN’s draft plan to preserve and protect nature must be amended to put human rights at its centre if we are to ensure the future of life on our planet, David Boyd, UN special rapporteur on human rights and environment, said today. “Leaving human rights on the periphery is simply not an option, because rights-based conservation is the most effective,...

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TAKE ACTION: A Call to a Global Movement for Rivers and People

The official discourse of the hydropower industry claims that dams provide well-being and progress. But for the peoples and communities who depend on rivers for food, income, clean water, recreation, and cultural values, this is an empty promise. Instead, they suffer the destruction of ecosystems and forms of food production and may be forced into displacement.Because power plants...

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‘Climate change: IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity” – BBC

'Human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and sometimes irreversible ways, a major UN scientific report has said. The landmark study warns of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade. The report "is a code red for humanity", says the UN chief. But scientists say a catastrophe can be avoided if...

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E- Learning Programme “Security and Protection Management for Human Rights Defenders and Social Organisation”

📣Protection International will be running the second edition of the new online course! 🧡Security and Protection Management for Human Rights Defenders and Social Organisations The programme aims to contribute to the development of a range of skills, capacities and strategies enabling human rights defenders to better manage the security and protection of their organisations and...

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Available! The EARTH DEFENDERS TOOLKIT

The Earth Defenders Toolkit is a collaborative space for earth defenders and their allies. The Toolkit provides a growing collection of resources and training materials for communities on the frontlines of the struggle to defend critical ecosystems around the world, and community networks for users to connect and share their experiences. The mission of the Earth Defenders Toolkit is to...

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The Zero Tolerance Initiative launches its new ‘Podcast’ and the ‘Microsite for Collective Protection Resources’

The Zero Tolerance Initiative (ZTI) has developed two important digital tools: the Microsite for Collective Protection Resources, a library of over 100 reports, videos, guides, and other training materials on best practices to effectively protect land and environmental defenders, their communities, and lands; and the new Podcast, a space for IWGIA's partners and allies to share their...

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Protection International has just launched a new edition of its E-learning Programme “Security and Protection Management for Human Rights Defenders and Social Organisations.”

Protection International has just launched a new edition of its E-learning Programme "Security and Protection Management for Human Rights Defenders and Social Organisations." The course is available in English, Spanish and French (see below for more info). Applications for the Second Edition of Protection International's E-Learning Programme Are Open📣Protection International will be...

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STEP-UP! Joint commitment by Heads of UN Entities (Rights of Future generations)

Joint Commitment endorsed by the Executive Committee, chaired by the UN Secretary-General and is the highest decision-making body of the UN. The statement promotes the right of children, youth and future generations to a healthy environment and their meaningful participation in decision-making at all levels, in relation to climate action and climate justice. Read the full statement:...

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