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September 2014 Newsletter

The ninth newsletter on the work of the Independent Expert is now available. This newsletter alerts readers of an upcoming deadline (15 October 2014) for governments, academics, and civil society to comment on the draft Guide to the UNEP Bali Guidelines on Rio Principle 10.

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Mary Robinson Appointed as Special Envoy for Climate Change

Mary Robinson of Ireland has been appointed as the Special Envoy for Climate Change by the Secretary General of the United Nations. The appointment was made prior to the 2014 Climate Summit hosted by the Secretary General in New York on 23 September 2014. (more…)

The Independent Expert’s Report to the Human Rights Council

On March 11, the Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, John Knox, made a statement to the Human Rights Council presenting his mapping report and the report on his visit to Costa Rica, and also described his plans for the upcoming year of the mandate.

Read the entire statement here: Human Rights Obligations to Protect the Environment.

Yale Conference on Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability

Yale University, together with UNITAR and other partners, is holding a conference September 5-7 on the relationship of human rights and environmental sustainability. The Call for Abstracts is at the link. Note that the deadline for abstracts is April 1! Continue reading »

The Human Rights Basis for the Environmental Pillar of Sustainable Development

On 12 December 2013, John Knox spoke at a Side Event at the sixth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development. He spoke about the interconnectedness of the three pillars of sustainable development – economic development, social justice and environmental protection – and the respect for human rights, focusing on the third pillar, environmental protection. See “The Human Rights Basis for the Environmental Pillar”

Access Rights as Human Rights

John Knox, Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, spoke on 31 October 2013 to the 3rd Meeting of the Focal Points Appointed by the Governments of the Signatory Countries of the Declaration on the Application of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, meeting in Lima, Peru, about the relationship of human rights law to the access rights set out in Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration. Continue reading »

Human Rights and the Environment: Carrying the Conversation Forward – ASEM Seminar on Human Rights

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Independent Expert John Knox served as a keynote speaker at the Asia-Europe Meeting on Human Rights and Environment, in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 October 2013. He spoke about the benefits of a human rights approach to environmental protection. Knox acknowledged that human rights and environmental issues have historically been discussed in separation from one another, but stressed that this is quickly changing. See “Human Rights and the Environment: Carrying the Conversation Forward – ASEM Seminar on Human Rights”