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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Registration for the 2021 Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform that will take place online and in Geneva on 12 October 2021 is open.
In the new podcast series ‘Lethal Autonomous Weapons: 10 Things We Want to Know’ launched in July, Professor Paola Gaeta and her research team discuss with other experts the challenges and problems raised by lethal autonomous weapons (‘LAWS‘).
This online consultation aims at providing inputs to the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights for a guidance note on the role of business in transitional justice contexts.
The 2021 Annual Conference will discuss the connectivity between national human rights actors and the Geneva-based international mechanisms.
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This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, aims at presenting the institutions and procedures in charge of the implementation of international human rights law.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, will provide participants with an introduction to substantive human rights law. It will start with an introduction to the nature and sources of international human rights law and its place in the international legal system. The course will then provide a presentation of the main principles applicable to substantive rights (jurisdiction, obligation and limitations).
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This project aims to further identify and clarify policies and practices for States and business, including public and private investors, across the full ‘conflict cycle’ and the ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
This project aims at providing support to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association Clément Voulé by addressing emerging issues affecting civic space and eveloping tools and materials allowing various stakeholders to promote and defend civic space.