“Over 100 countries around the world have so far guaranteed their citizens the right to a healthy and clean environment; however, the enforcement part of such initiatives has been a challenge” - Arnold Kreilhuber, Deputy Director, Law Division, UN Environment.
In light of the growing importance of environmental rights worldwide, UN Environment will enhance its substantive work to strengthen the prevention, mitigation and investigation of, as well as response to, any environmental and human rights violations that environmental defenders are subjected to.
UN Environment will continue to strengthen strategic partnerships with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as the Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights and Environment, Human Rights Defenders, the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and other UN human rights experts in order to support joint action and common responses on human rights defenders. These partnerships will identify environmental defenders and take action to protect them.
UN Environment will support the establishment of networks through which environmental human rights defenders will connect, share experiences and information, develop and implement even better strategies to promote environmental protection.