Empower environmental defenders, safeguard our future


A video recording of this event can now be viewed online here.

The Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations, Amnesty International, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Global Witness, the International Platform against Impunity, and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) invite you to a panel discussion

Empower environmental defenders, safeguard our future

Monday, 24 October, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm

Conference Room 7, United Nations HQ in New York

In his latest report to the General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders warns of ‘a truly global crisis’ of killings of environmental human rights defenders and that the vision espoused in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is ‘doomed to fail’ if more is not done to protect those on the frontlines. The Special Rapporteur calls for urgent action and outlines a range of recommendations to empower and protect environmental defenders. 

This side event will foster a discussion of these recommendations: why they are important, what is required to implement them effectively, and what the main challenges are to their effective implementation. 

Speakers will include the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Mr Michel Forst, as well as State, NGO, and business representatives.

Please join us for an open and lively conversation.

For more information, please contact: e.openshaw@ishr.ch

Photo: Flickr, Natalie Jeffers