Advancing environmental rights

Bringing Environmental Protection Nearer to the People 

The Environmental Rights Initiative represents the next phase of UN Environment’s work on human rights and the environment. It will build on the outcomes of its past projects as well as key UN Environment Assembly and Human Rights Council resolutions.

Through the Environmental Rights Initiative we will: 

Work with governments to strengthen institutional capacities to develop and implement policy and legal frameworks that protect environmental rights effectively and inclusively; 

Engage with businesses to help them to better understand what their environmental rights obligations are, and to provide guidance on how to move from a compliance culture to championing environmental rights; 

Support civil society organisations and vulnerable populations in their efforts to access information on their environmental rights and to shine a spotlight on environmental rights violations; 

Collaborate with media on the training of journalists on issues related to environmental rights and environmental defenders. 

Learn more about the Environmental Rights Initiative and its Launch.

What are environmental rights? 

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UN’s Environmental Rights Initiative

This Initiative represents the next phase of UN Environment’s work on human rights and the environment. The Initiative will bring environmental protection nearer to the people by helping them to better understand their…

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Join the coalition of environmental rights champions

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Contact us

Nairobi office:

Angela Kariuki
Angela.Kariuki[at]un[dot]org

Panama office:

Andrea Brusco
Andrea.Brusco[at]un[dot]org

Bangkok office:

Andrew Raine
Rainea[at]un[dot]org