Event information

15 October 2021

Civic Space and Climate Justice: Launch of the UNSR Thematic Report on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

Event

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9:00–10:30 EST (15:00–16:30 CET)

In his new report to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Clément Voule unpacks challenges and threats facing individuals, communities and organizations exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association to advance climate action and just transitions. In his report, he notably calls on states to create an enabling environment for civil society addressing the climate crisis and ensuring a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies, including fostering a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the occasion of the presentation of the report to the UNGA 3rd Committee, this online side event – co-organized with OHCHR, ICNL, ECNL, ISHR, DAR Peru, the Geneva Academy, Solidarity Center, EarthRights, and Greenpeace International – will bring together climate justice activists from around the world to discuss report findings and to share key actions to ensure the implementation of its recommendations.

Moderation

  • Daniel Simons, Greenpeace International

Opening Remarks

  • Michael Gaffey, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN in Geneva
  • Rodrigo Carazo Zeledón, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the UN in New York

Panelists

Clément Voule, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

Tara Houska, First Nation Couchiching, Founder of Giniw Collective

Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Envoy on Youth

Lebogang Mulaisi, Congress of South African Trade Unions

Interpretation

Interpretation into Spanish and French available.

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