The number of States recognizing the right to a clean, safe, healthy and sustainable environment (hereafter ‘right to a healthy environment’) has grown over the past few years. Today, the right to a healthy environment is recognized by 156 States.
This recognition at national level responds to the serious environmental crises that we are facing as a global community and, together with the demands from individuals, communities, civil society and human rights experts, provides for a unique momentum to advance the discussion on the universal recognition of the right to a healthy environment. The international system, in particular the United Nations (UN) human rights system has made an important contribution to inform this discussion through the work of the treaty bodies, the UN Human Rights Council and its Special Procedures.
Building on that momentum and the vibrant call of the human rights system and civil society member states – led by the Core Group (Costa Rica, Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland) – have prompted the needed discussion on the potential universal recognition of this right, through consultations and an open and transparent and inclusive dialogue. Support to this process was expressed through a joint statement cosponsored by 69 States.
This Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) online side-event during the 47th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council – co-organized with the Permanent Missions of Costa Rica, Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland to the UN in Geneva and co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Austria, Cabo Verde, Cyprus, Ecuador, Fiji, Germany, Mexico, Monaco, Panama, Portugal, Uruguay; OHCHR, UNEP, Center for International Environmental Law, Earthjustice, Franciscans International and Universal Rights Group – will discuss the legal aspects of the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, the scope of the right, the legal aspects of a potential resolution, as well as how it would contribute to address the global environmental crisis.
This online side-event during the 47th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council – discussed the legal aspects of the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, the scope of the right, the legal aspects of a potential resolution, as well as how it would contribute to address the global environmental crisis.
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A new Research Brief on Regulating Business Conduct in the Technology Sector: Gaps and Ways Forward in Applying the UNGPs depicts the prominent gaps in regulatory approaches to business conduct in the technology sector with regard to the UNGPs.
In 2021, the Geneva Human Rights Platform developed and launched a new online tool for all UN treaty body members to interact online as a community of practice, consult each other, collaborate on tasks, connect to share news and information, and contribute material to a resource library
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This online bilingual workshop, held in English and Italian, aims to raise awareness about the upcoming changes to the European Union (EU) seed marketing legislation and what this reform means in the Italian context.
This event marks the launch of our LLM alumna Jelena Plamenac’s award-winning book ‘Unravelling Unlawful Confinement in Contemporary Armed Conflicts’ published by Brill.
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This training course will explore the major international and regional instruments for the promotion of human rights, as well as with their implementation and enforcement mechanisms; and provide practical insights into the different UN human rights mechanisms pertinent to advancing environmental issues and protecting environmental human rights defenders.
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This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.
We are a partner of the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, housed at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, which aims to map and analyse the human rights challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data and associated technologies. It notably examines whether fundamental human rights concepts and approaches need to be updated and adapted to meet the new realities of the digital age.