Supporting environmental defenders:
How can we mobilize the international community?

26 February 2020 - 17:30-19:00 - Palais Eynard

(followed by apero)



As a global hub of international diplomacy, how can the international community in Geneva be mobilized to help protect environmental defenders and civic spaces? 

This public event combines testimonies from environmental defenders with recent academic analysis and responses from high-level representatives from International Geneva and the Mayor of Geneva. 

Organized in the context of the international conference “Towards a Geneva Road Map: Responding to the Needs of the Environmental Civil Society and Defenders”.

Organizers: University of Geneva - Gouvernance de l'environnement et du développement territorial - GEDT, City of Geneva, Earthjustice

With the support of: Geneva Environment Network, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, UN Environment Programme, UN Human Rights Special Procedures, Geneva Academy, Geneva Science-Policy Interface, The Geneva Human Rights Platform, Fondation Ernest Boninchi, University of Sussex, University of British Columbia.

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If you plan to attend this event, kindly register online.






Provisional Agenda

With Environmental defenders from around the world and civil society representatives

Opening remarks by

  • Sandrine SALERNO, Mayor, City of Geneva
  • Yves FLÜCKIGER, Rector, University of Geneva
  • Grethel AGUILAR, Director General, IUCN


Video of the event

The event will be live on facebook.