Seminar: The Prize of Defending the Environment

What do we do when the people who stand up to ensure sustainable development in their local communities are threatened, attacked and even killed? This is a breakfast seminar on bridging the gap between policy and reality in the defense of land and environmental rights.

Photo: The Norwegian Human Rights Fund/CDH Bety Cariño

Land and Environmental Human Rights Defenders

Everybody talks about the importance of sustainable development and reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) before 2030. But what do we do when local people who stand up to ensure sustainable development – by defending their land and environment – are attacked, criminalized and even killed? What is the role of business, governments, and civil society in ensuring that defending the environment is safe?

Land and environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) are living under increasing pressure from states and non-state actors. The situation for EHRDs was in 2017 described a “global crisis” by the special rapporteur for human rights and the environment. Since then, threats and attacks have increased at an alarming rate. The EHRDs are essential for the realization of the sustainable development goals within 2030. What can business, governments and civil society do to ensure safe working conditions?

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund, in cooperation with the Norwegian Center for Human Rights, invite you to engage in dialogue with our panel consisting of representatives from civil society, business, the Norwegian government and academia. Human Rights Defender Anne Lapapan Supamanta form the Assembly of the Poor will share her experience from working on land and environmental rights in Thailand – a country with growing interest for Norwegian businesses. See full programme at the Norwegian Human Rights Funds eventpage

Breakfast will be served, and all are welcome!

Please register with by March 20th.

Published Mar. 14, 2019 11:38 AM - Last modified Mar. 14, 2019 2:57 PM