On the environment agenda, IMCS Pax Romana joined the Geneva Environment Network (GEN) for “Human Rights and the Environment: HRC52 Information Sharing Session” at the International Environment House. The Secretary-General, Victor Ayertey, represented the Movement during the session as we continue to champion the healthy environment agenda. As such, we hoped that #HRC52 will take pragmatic decisions to address the issues of climate change, from the #humanrights perspective, towards a healthy environment for all, and our concerns of young people.
The broader push is to highlight interlinkages between human rights and environment issues, particularly as seen in “pure consensus” decision to include the Right to Healthy Environment at climate change #COP27 and biodiversity #COP15. Information from UNEP indicated that they have been working more on human rights issues, underscoring their engagement at #HRC52, including the launch of handbook on engagement with human rights mechanisms and Stocktaking of recommendations of treaty bodies, Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) and Human Rights Council on environmental issues.
It includes reviewing the reports of actions taken by member countries and many other organizations such as the NGOs, Inter-governmental and International Organizations, and assessing the future possibilities based on the resolutions for the environment from the human rights perspective.