• Overview
UN Environment is delighted to launch its Environmental Rights Initiative during the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva! The Environmental Rights Initiative represents the next phase of UN Environment’s work on human rights and the environment. It will bring environmental protection nearer to the people by helping them to better understand their rights and how to defend them; by working with media to improve coverage of rights issues; by calling on the private sector to move beyond a culture of compliance to one where environmental rights are championed; and by assisting governments to implement environmental rights obligations.
 
The launch features and excellent panel comprising:
  • UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment -  Professor John Knox
  • Global Environment Editor, The Guardian - Jon Watts
  • President and Chief Executive, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation – Bianca Jagger
  • Global Witness Co-Founder - Patrick Alley
  • Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights – Kate Gilmore
  • UN’s leading expert on environmental law – Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
Environmental rights and governance
13 August 2018

“It is a priority for me to participate in meetings such as the National Environment Forum and remind people that environmental concerns are, above all, people’s concerns.

17 July 2018

Madam Chair, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, thanks for the opportunity to contribute an environmental perspective to the implementation of the six mandated areas of the Permanent Forum.

17 July 2018

In March 2018, UN Environment, the Centre for Governance and Sustainability of the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the