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Human Rights and the Environment: 13th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights

The seminar proceedings for the 13th Informal Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Seminar on Human Rights are now available online. The informal ASEM seminars promote mutual understanding and cooperation between Asia and Europe in the area of human rights. The 13th seminar, held last October in Copenhagen, focused on human rights and the environment. (more…)

Creation of the United Nations Mandate on Human Rights and the Environment

In March 2012, during its 19th session, the UN Human Rights Council created a three-year mandate for an Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment. Council Resolution 19/10 calls for the Independent Expert to: study the human rights obligations regarding the right to a healthy environment; identify, promote and exchange views on best practices regarding human rights commitments; prepare a compendium of best practices; make recommendations that will facilitate the realization of Millennium Development Goal 7, on environmental sustainability; contribute a human rights perspective to follow-up processes of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development; and take into account a gender perspective by, inter alia, considering the particular situation of women and girls and identifying gender-specific discrimination and vulnerabilities. Continue reading »