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The Environment and Human Rights: the International Community’s Responses to Emerging Local and Global Challenges

This event will address the interrelation between environmental damage and human rights, and examine how the international community—and in particular the UN—has approached this issue at a local and global level and discuss possible ways to optimize approaches and processes.

Date & Time

Sep. 14, 2011
11:00am – 1:00pm

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The Environment and Human Rights: the International Community’s Responses to Emerging Local and Global Challenges

Recent natural disasters have confirmed that environmental damage can have negative implications for the effective enjoyment of human rights. While the many linkages between protection of human rights and protection of the environment have long been recognized, the use of a human rights-based approach to address this increasingly urgent challenge remains contested from both a policy and a legal point of view.

The United Nations has taken up the issue on numerous fronts. Recently, the Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a Resolution on human rights and environment. Other multilateral environment fora have also recognized in some way the need to take human rights into consideration when developing environmental policies and sustainable development.

This event will address the interrelation between environmental damage and
human rights, and examine how the international community—and in particular
the UN—has approached this issue at a local and global level and discuss
possible ways to optimize approaches and processes.
  This event will address the interrelation between environmental damage and human rights, and examine how the international community—and in particular the UN—has approached this issue at a local and global level and discuss possible ways to optimize approaches and processes.
 

The event is part of the U.S.-Swiss Dialogue and being co-hosted by the Embassy of Switzerland and the Wilson Center.

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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, U.S.-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. It does this through scholars-in-residence, seminars, policy study groups, media commentary, international conferences and publications. Activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The program investigates European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including globalization, digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance, and relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.  Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

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