Newsletter 24 Feb 2020
Environment: What’s Up in GENeva this Week | 24 February – 1 March 2020
43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council
The 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC43), is taking place in Geneva from 24 February to 20 March 2020. Among the environmental-related topics on the agenda, the protection of environmental human rights defenders, climate and the latest reports of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment. You can follow the Human Right Plenary session on UN TV. #HRC43
The Council will consider a resolution, presented by Norway, to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. In 2019, the Council recognized the critical role of environmental human rights defenders in protecting vital ecosystems, addressing climate change, attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs). As a follow-up to the HRC Resolution 40/11,a Geneva Road Map seeking to ensure the effective implementation of the right to act for the protection of the environment and to promote free and safe spaces for information and discussion on environmental matters, will be launched this week by the University of Geneva and partners. It will include a 2-day technical workshop, a public dialogue (26 February), and a side event at the Human Rights Council (27 February).
At this session, the Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, David Boyd, will present his annual report, his country visits to Fiji and Norway, and the good practices reports.
The Civil Society Organizations meeting with Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment and the side event on the Special Rapporteur report on the Good practices on the Right to a Healthy Environment & the next steps will both take place on Friday.
Check the list below for the full list of events at HRC43 discussing environmental-related issues.
Climate & More on the Agenda
Check the list below to see the list of events targeting environmental-related topics taking place this week in Geneva. Various events will address climate-related issues, including the public event with IPCC Working Group I co-chair, Valérie Masson-Delmotte, “Leçon d’ouverture de printemps, CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE: À QUOI S’ATTENDRE – Analyse de trois rapports spéciaux du GIEC” at Uni-Dufour, and the Dialogue with UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the Graduate Institute, both on Tuesday.
Please note that the list of events and vacancies provided in our weekly newsletter is non-exhaustive. Stay tuned and follow us also on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or visit our website regularly for additional updates.
What should I read next?
- IUCN Council adopts first-ever Global Standard on Nature-based Solutions. 17 February 2020.
- CMS COP13 Concludes in India With Major New Actions for Migratory Species. Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), 22 February 2020.
- Pesticide giants make billions from bee-harming and carcinogenic chemicals. PublicEye, Laurent Gaberell and Géraldine Viret, 20 february 2020.
- A Future for the World’s Children? WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission, 19 February 2020.
- Appeals Court Upholds Baseless Prison Sentences Against Wildlife Conservationists. Center for Human Rights in Iran, 18 February 2020.
- Geneva platform helps climate refugees around the world. Swissinfo, Simon Bradley, 19 February 2020.
- UNEP Executive Director’s statement to the 149th meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives. Inger Anderson, 18 February 2020.
- From Social Justice Day to World Environment Day ILO is asking you why the future of work should put people & planet first? ILO, 20 February 2020.