The prize of defending the environment

Seminar | 21 March | Oslo

Everybody talks about the importance of sustainable development and reaching the SDGs 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, citizens and NGOs 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 we 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 to international business, as well as representatives from academia and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 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.

Breakfast will be served, and all are welcome!

Please register with [email protected] by March 20th.

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