Reimagining Conservation: Integrating human rights in the development and implementation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

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Date and time: 28 February 2022 from 1:15 to 2:45 pm (Nairobi)

Co-organizers: Center for Justice Governance and Environmental Action; CIEL; Conservation International; Costa Rica, Earthjustice; Forest Peoples Programme; Human Rights Watch; International Indian Treaty Council; IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy; Natural Justice; Peru (tbc); Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; Slovenia; Swedbio; Sweden; UNDP; UNEP; Universal Rights Group; Women 4 biodiversity; WWF.

Focus: Facilitating the implementation of the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework


Event description: Reimagining Conservation: Integrating human rights in the development and implementation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework invites speakers and the audience to truly reimagine humanity’s relationship with nature through an exploration of the linkages between human rights and biodiversity. The event, which builds upon the recent recognition of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right by Human Rights Council resolution 48/13, will represent an important milestone on the road to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP15) in Kunming offering ideas for a post-2020 global biodiversity framework that promotes rights-based action to protect biodiversity, including through participatory, inclusive, transparent and accountable implementation that safeguards indigenous peoples’ rights and ways of life. The event will also outline options for targets and indicators for follow-up, implementation, and reporting to advance a human rights-based approach to biodiversity governance. Speakers representative of diverse worldviews and perspectives including, in particular, those of environmental human rights defenders, women and girls, children and youth and indigenous peoples will be prioritized.


Desired outcomes:

  • Build momentum for integration of human rights, including the right to a healthy environment, in the development and implementation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
  • Increase awareness of the linkages between human rights and biodiversity
  • Explore the implications of the recognition of the human right to a healthy environment for biodiversity and conservation action.

Expected Reach: This event would appeal to a large global audience as well as in-person participants at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). 


Programme:

Opening remarks

  • Francisco Cali Tzay, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples (by video message)
  • Indigenous perspectives on reimagining conservation (by video message)
  • Annika Strandhäll, Minister for Climate and the Environment of Sweden (by video message)

Panel discussion

  • Francis Ogwal, Post-2020 GBF co-chair
  • Mrinalini Rai, Director, Women4Biodiversity
  • Josefa Tauli, Global Youth Biodiversity Network

Concluding remarks

  • David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment (by video message)
  • Mariano Castro, Vice President and Vice-Minister of Environment of Peru

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