Last updated: 29 Feb 2024

The Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment reports to the Human Rights Council during its March session on issues related to his mandate. The Geneva Rights and Environment Talks aim to harness the opportunity of this moment of the year to reflect on the challenges posed by the rapid decline of nature and biodiversity, and on how Geneva contributes to bringing together the actors working towards ensuring the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is upheld for all.

About the Geneva Rights and Environment Talks

In the face of the three interrelated environmental crises — climate change, loss of biodiversity, and pollution — the recognition of the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment by the UN Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly is an important milestone that puts environmental issues at the forefront of the human rights agenda.

The Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment reports to the Human Rights Council during its March session on issues related to his mandate. The Geneva Rights and Environment Talks aim to harness the opportunity of this moment of the year to reflect on the challenges posed by the rapid decline of nature and biodiversity and the intertwined human rights implications. The talks are also an opportunity to discuss how Geneva contributes to bringing together the actors working towards ensuring the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is upheld for all.

Advancing Rights and Environment @ HRC55

Human Rights and Environmental Impacts of Investors-States Dispute Settlements (ISDS) Mechanisms

5 March 2024 | 13:00 – 14:30 CET | Villa Rigot & Online

SR environment and human rights, Earthjustice, CIEL, IISD, Global Cities Hub & GEN

No Nature-based Solutions without a Human Rights-based Approach

11 March 2024 | 9:45 – 11:00 CET | Palais des Nations, H307-1 & Online

SR environment and human rights & Geneva Task Force on Human Rights and Biodiversity, Earthjustice & GEN

Protecting Environmental Defenders: Updates and Challenges

11 March 2024 | 13:00 – 14:00 CET | Palais des Nations, H307-1 & Online

GeRoadMap 40/11, ISHR, Earthjustice & GEN

Environment @ HRC55

The 55th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC55) is taking place in Geneva and online from 26 February to 5 April 2024. This regularly updated page highlights the environmental-related activities of this session.

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HRC Sessions Advancing Rights and Environment

Environment @ HRC55