Monday, 18.09.2023 - 12:00-13:00pm, Room XXV, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Geoengineering and Human Rights

Side Event: Human Rights Implications and Risks of Geoengineering Interventions


“Geoengineering” refers to a set of large-scale technological interventions in the Earth's natural systems to counteract some of the effects of climate change. All geoengineering technologies have the potential to undermine human rights and threaten procedural rights and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. A growing number of human rights experts have sounded the alarm, including the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, the Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and the Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment. 

This side event organized by CIEL and co-sponsored by FIAN International and FES Geneva Office was looking at the human rights implications and risks of geoengineering interventions. Speakers discussed recent reports by human rights institutions, and more in general the role of human rights mechanisms in furthering the geoengineering discussion. 


  • Patrycja Sasnal, Human Rights Council Advisory Committee
  • Marcos Orellana, Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights
  • Margaretha Wewerinke, Blue Ocean Law and University of Amsterdam
  • Kevin Surprise, Mount Holyoke College
  • Ghazali Ohorella, Alifuru Council
  • Francesca Mingrone, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Moderator: Ana María Suarez Franco, FIAN International

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