Advancing environmental rights

In Environmental rights and governance

Bringing environmental protection nearer to the people 

The Environmental Rights Initiative is a coalition of state and non-state actors united to promote, protect, and respect environmental rights.

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. 

Benefits of joining the Environmental Rights Initiative

  • Gain access to organisations and institutions working on environmental rights;
  • Access to UN sister agencies and inter-governmental processes;
  • Assistance securing UN Environment accreditation;
  • Engagement with an international network of environmental rights organizations with peer-to-peer learning and knowledge-sharing.

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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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