Human Rights and the Environment: A 3-Part Series of Nexus Dialogues

The UN Environment Management Group (“EMG”), in close collaboration with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (“OHCHR”), will organise a 3-part series of virtual Nexus Dialogues on human rights and the environment, in alignment with UNEP’s COVID-19 response which emphasizes modernizing environmental governance and multilateralism with a move towards virtual e-platforms, while simultaneously lowering the overall environmental footprint. The 3-part series of Nexus Dialogues will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss innovative solutions and capacity-building efforts to pursue a rights-based approach to environmental action for people and planet. The Right to a Healthy Environment provides an overview of the importance and global salience of this right. It is followed by Examining the Elements of the Right to a Healthy Environment focusing on substantive and nexus elements including human rights and biodiversity, a safe climate, human rights and toxic waste, procedural rights and institutions, and what the UN can do to advance rights-based environmental action. Finally, Supporting Rights-Based Environmental Action: A Workshop discusses concrete and actionable ways forward to promote and coordinate interagency and UN system work on the nexus topics.
The Dialogues will build upon the findings of previous Dialogues, which have noted that “not all these linkages and their potential for mutual supportiveness are properly recognized and fully utilized.” The Dialogues will also benefit from the recently developed Model Approach to Environmental and Social Standards for UN Programming as well as the UN Sustainability Strategy, which highlight the importance of human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples. Particular attention will be paid to the linkages with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The three online Nexus Dialogues will be covering:
  1. The Right to a Healthy Environment – 24 July 2020
  2. Examining the Elements of the Right to a Healthy Environment – 22 September 2020
  3. Supporting Rights-Based Environmental Action: A Workshop – 23 September 2020