Oct 23 2019
Past event

Safe climate and the right to a healthy environment

On the occasion of the launch of the report of the Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment to the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (A/74/161), this side-event will discuss the devastating effects of the current global climate emergency on the enjoyment of human rights, and the crucial role for human rights in catalysing action to address climate change. In particular, the speakers will discuss the practical recommendations contained in the Special Rapporteur’s report and other measures that can be taken to address society’s addiction to fossil fuels; accelerating other mitigation actions; enhancing adaptation to protect vulnerable people; ramping up climate finance; financing loss and damage; and empowering United Nations institutions.

Speakers from different backgrounds ranging from the UN, States, SIDs/LDCS representative, to youth climate activist — will deliver diverse perspectives on the issue of safe climate as a vital element of the right to a healthy environment.


Chair:  Jamil Ahmad, Director, UNEP


Youth climate activists

  • David Boyd, Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment
  • Mariana Montoya, Universal Rights Group
  • Rodrigo Alberto Carazo Zeledon, Ambassador, Costa Rica
  • Styendra Prasad, Ambassador, Fiji


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