This is a Stockholm+50 Associated Event
Civil society played a crucial role in Stockholm which has continued during the subsequent evolution and implementation of multilateral environmental agreements. Ultimately, it is people and their representative organisations that hold governments to account; monitor and assess the adequacy of their commitments; and drive the push for transformative change including by advocating for the integration and implementation of human rights in environmental action, for example, the post-2020 global biodiversity framework under the Convention on Biological Diversity.
On the 1st of June, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, China Dialogue and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is going to hold a hybrid (online and in-person) associated event in Stockholm that opens a space for mutual learning, reflection, and critical discussion about participation, access to information and access to justice in the context of the right to a healthy environment and the role of people as agents of change and environmental defenders.
This event, organised in conjunction with the Stockholm+50 Conference, is a panel discussion with researchers, legal activists, policymakers, and environmental campaigners, from the Global South and North. Panellists will analyse how bottom-up pressures and rights-based approaches can lead to better outcomes for both people and planet. It will particularly address how the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, which is now recognised in more than 80% UN Member States, can facilitate positive change in environmental governance.
Isabel Hilton, Founder and Senior Advisor, China Dialogue
Zhang Jingjing, Lecturer in Law at University of Maryland Law School, and Director of the Center for Transnational Environmental Accountability
David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on Human rights and the Environment
Mrinalini Rai, Coordinator of the Convention on Biological Diversity Women Caucus and Director of Women4Biodiversity
Kate Wilson, Saint Lucia’s Department of Sustainable Development, National Focal Point for the Escazú Agreement
Claudia Ituarte-Lima, Senior Researcher, The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Date: 1 June 2022
Time: 16:00 – 17:30 CEST
Venue: Stockholm and online
You are welcome to join our event online via the link below.