This high-level event, co-convened by Forest Peoples Programme, Swedbio, the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), IUCN, Women 4 Biodiversity, and the Geneva Environment Network aims at drawing attention to the importance of human rights in the Global Biodiversity Framework prior to the final face-to-face negotiations of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

About this Session

Respecting and protecting human rights and protecting the environment are inextricably linked, as recently confirmed by the Human Rights Council resolution 48/13 on the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. Yet while Heads of State from 93 countries have called to end siloed thinking in the Leaders Pledge for Nature, and global civil society has stated the same in no uncertain terms, environmental policy making still too often excludes or side-lines human rights. This Panel will reflect on the important opportunity of changing this history in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Global Biodiversity Framework to be adopted early in 2022, and bringing human rights into the new framework both as a guide to do no harm, and as a beacon for ways to do things better. Specific opportunities to realise this will be presented by speakers.

The event will be simultaneously translated into Spanish, recorded, and a summary of key recommendations for the text negotiations will be provided afterwards.


By alphabetical order.

Shruti AJIT

Women 4 Biodiversity


Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) | speaking in Spanish

David BOYD

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment (pre-recorded video)

Jennifer CORPUZ

Senior Global Policy and Advocacy Lead, Nia Tero

H.E. Amb. Catalina DEVANDAS

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva


German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Josefa TAULI

Policy Coordinator, Global Youth Biodiversity Network


Co-Chair of the Open Ended Working Group on the post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Helen TUGENDHAT (Moderator)

Environmental Governance Coordinator, Forest Peoples Programme


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The video of the event will be available here after the conclusion of the event.


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