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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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Supporting Defenders: Sakharov Fellowship 11-23 October 2021 – call for applications

This call for European Parliament's Sakharov Fellowship offers up to 14 human rights defenders selected from non-EU countries the opportunity to follow a two week intensive training in Brussels and at the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice. The programme will be organised in person in Brussels and Venice if conditions allow it by then, otherwise will be in person. Sakharov fellows...

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Call for art: Show world leaders that every child deserves a right to a healthy environment!

Call for Art! 1.7 million children lose their lives every year as a result of avoidable environmental impacts. Governments must be held accountable and recognize our right to a healthy environment now. From 28 May - 12 June 2021 we are inviting people to create and send us their own art that envisions a healthy environment for children. It will be shared online and with Human Rights...

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proposed EU legislation on due diligence for corporations – MEPs: Companies must no longer cause harm to people and planet with impunity

On Wednesday, March 10th, the European Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority for the adoption of a binding EU law that requires companies to conduct environmental and human rights due diligence along their full value chain or face concrete fines, sanctions and/or civil liability. Due diligence requires companies to identify, address and remedy their impact on human rights and...

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Interesting Article! ‘Environmental Justice, Climate Change and the Right to a Healthy Environment in the Biden Administration’

28 April 2021 'United States President Joe Biden has prioritized achieving environmental justice and combatting climate change, following up on campaign pledges. The Biden Administration’s focus on climate change is evident in early Executive Orders (EOs)[i] and in the April 22 Climate Summit that he convened. President Biden’s focus on environmental justice (EJ) is manifested in the...

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Huge milestone before the German Constitutional Court.

'The First Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court held that the provisions of the Federal Climate Change Act of 12 December 2019 (Bundes-Klimaschutzgesetz – KSG) governing national climate targets and the annual emission amounts allowed until 2030 are incompatible with fundamental rights insofar as they lack sufficient specifications for further emission reductions from 2031...

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Call for Input!

UNEP, OHCHR, and the Universal Rights Group are launching a global survey on good practices that aim to support environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs), their work and communities. The survey also aims to identify gaps in existing UN guidance with a view to putting forward practical recommendations for a UN system-wide response to support the rights and particular needs of EHRDs....

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‘West Africa Grassroots Frontline Human Rights Defenders End Regional Conference: Call for Protection’

'A three-day Conference on the situation of Grassroots Frontline Environmental, Land and Human Right Defenders in West Africa opened on Monday, 29 March 2021 by way of the zoom technology. It was by all means a meeting of multidimensional profiles – with the high and the lowly in society interfacing. Credit to the Mano River Union Civil Society Natural Resource Rights and Governance...

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Funding Alert! LAC Region

Call for participation to Internews’ Rapid Response Fund to support media, civil society organizations and communicators in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. More info: http://inter.news/rrf-eng

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Funding Alert! Bureau of DRL: Freedom of Expression for Women Environmental Defenders in the Indo-Pacific Region

Deadline: 09-Apr-21 The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that promote and defend freedom of expression and improve the equal participation and protection of women environmental defenders in the Indo-Pacific region, with a specific focus on...

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