• 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
19 December 2018

Environmental and climate change litigation are now a purpose, a goal, and an objective. It is my passion, wish and desire to help the millions suffering from the adverse effects of climate change.” 

Hussain Ibrahim
7 December 2018

A court has ruled that companies must first seek permission from local communities if they plan to mine on their ancestral land.

9 November 2018

Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, an 86-year-old environmental activist from India, died on 11 October 2018, 111 days into his fast.

4 November 2018

UN Environment, in a bid to strengthen institutions and enhance the capacity of judges on matters concerning environmental law, has partnered with the Asian Development B