Migration is a fundamental part of human behaviour. Climate change, environmental pollution, natural disasters, violent conflicts, economic insecurity are some of the reasons why people migrate. While inequalities and power structures exacerbate the reasons to leave one’s home, the lines between forced and chosen migration are rarely clear.

Our social democratic vision for the future is a world in which migration is a free choice and mobility is based on the values of human rights and global solidarity. Based on the Global Compacts on Migration and on Refugees, and the Sustainable Development Goals and through close collaboration with the UN Network on Migration, OHCHR, the Treaty Body System, Special Rapporteurs, and civil society we work to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights of all migrants.


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

Photo: Photocase, FemmeCurieuse

“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 will look at the human rights implications and risks of geoengineering interventions. Speakers will discuss 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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