05 Mar 2021

Venue: Online | Webex

This parallel event to the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC46), will present and discuss the report "Human rights depend on a healthy biosphere" of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment, presented to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in October 2020. The event is co-organized by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, Earthjustice and the Geneva Environment Network, and co-sponsored by members of the HRC core group on human rights and environment.

About this Session

On October 2020, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment, David Boyd, presented to the UNGA his report (A/75/161) discussing the need for urgent action to conserve, protect and restore ecosystems and the biosphere as all lives rely on them and is, thus, also what human rights depend on. The report was completed by an annex on good practices (Annex to A/75/161).

HRC46 will have the opportunity to consider the report and its recommendations as it will prepare the adoption of the resolution on human rights and the environment.

In this event, we will discuss the elements of the report, the obligations it clarifies, and the recommendations it formulates, in view of the contribution it offers to the coming 2021 IUCN World Conservation Congress, in Marseille, and the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15), in Kumming, as well as to the urgent green recovery from the current pandemic.

The report will be presented by the Special Rapporteur, followed by contributions from institutions dealing with this issue and a Q&A session.

Keynote Presentation

David BOYD

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment



Director, Ecosystems Division, UNEP


Director, Global Protected Areas Programme, IUCN

Luthando DZIBA

Head of the Conservation Services, South African National Parks and Co-Chair of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP), IPBES


Deputy Leader, Governance Practice, WWF-International


This event will take place on Webex and Facebook live. Kindly register directly on the Webex platform.


In addition to the live WebEx and Facebook transmissions, the video be available on this webpage.