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The Environmental Rights Initiative

UN Environment has been undertaking work on human rights and the environment for almost two decades, trying to bring attention to the relationship between a safe and healthy environment and the enjoyment of human rights. On 6 March, UN Environment took a stand against the ongoing threats, intimidation, harassment, and murder of environmental defenders around the world, with the launch of the UN Environmental Rights Initiative in Geneva.

The UN’s Environmental Rights Initiative will bring environmental protection nearer to the people by helping them to better understand their rights and how to defend them; by working with media to improve coverage of rights issues; by calling on the private sector to move beyond a culture of compliance to one where environmental rights are championed; and by assisting governments to implement environmental rights obligations.

The Initiative was launched during a session with Professor John Knox, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, Jon Watts, The Guardian’s Global Environment Editor, Bianca Jagger, the President and Chief Executive of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Patrick Alley, the Global Witness co-founder, Kate Gilmore, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and Elizabeth Mrema, UN’s leading expert on environmental law and UN Environment’s Law Division Director.

For more information on the Initiative click here.

To read the full press release, click here


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