• 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
2 October 2018

Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) stated during the opening ceremony that 27 September

27 September 2018

Por Leo Heileman, Director Regional de ONU Medio Ambiente en América Latina y el Caribe.

27 September 2018

Leo Heileman, UN Environment Regional Director

27 September 2018

Le commerce illégal d'espèces sauvages constitue une menace grave pour certaines espèces animales et végétales dans de nombreuses régions du monde.

27 September 2018

Illegal wildlife trade poses a serious threat to certain species of animals and plants across many parts of the world.