SOAS University of London

Towards Global Recognition of the Right to a Healthy Environment

Marcos Orellana (Human Rights Watch)

Date: 19 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 19 October 2017Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

 In the face of a global and deepening environmental crisis, global recognition of the right to a healthy environment is sorely lacking in the international landscape. The recognition and implementation of this right would provide discursive force and means of accountability for people who suffer from environment harm, including the unsustainable extraction of natural resources. It would also strengthen the work of environmental defenders, who so often are stigmatized as anti-development and persecuted. After decades of incubation of the right to a healthy environment at the national and regional levels, windows of opportunity for global recognition are opening. On one track, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment work over the last five years has set the stage for a fresh discussion on recognition at the Human Rights Council or the General Assembly. On another track, the French Government has launched a diplomatic initiative at the General Assembly toward a “Global Pact for the Environment,” with the right to an ecologically sound environment as one of its pillars. The discussion will examine these tracks and implications of the global recognition of the right to a healthy environment.

Marcos Orellana Marcos A. Orellana is the director of the Environment and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. He has worked most recently at the Washington DC-based Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). At CIEL, Marcos collaborated with many environmental and human rights groups and multilateral institutions around the world, participated at processes leading to environmental agreements, and conducted advocacy on environmental issues at regional and global human rights forums. Marcos is adjunct associate professor at the George Washington University School of Law.

This event will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Room G3 (main building) – All Welcome

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