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.


Tuesday, 06.09.2022 - 13:30 to 14:30 CEST, online

Human Rights and the Environment: Meeting on Activities Related to 51st Session of the Human Rights Council

This session organized ahead of the 51st Regular Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC51) was co-convened by the Geneva Environment Network and the Geneva Climate Change Consultation Group (GeCCco) and aimed at sharing information on activities and events related to the environment taking place during HRC51, including the activities taking place in parallel to the Council’s session, for a better outreach on its environmental agenda.

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This event was seeking to discuss and share information on planned environment related activities at and around HRC51, such as in person and online events, publications or exhibitions, among others, and exchange on possible synergies. They will feed the GEN page on HRC51 which will provide an updated calendar of these environment related events.


  • Diana RIZZOLIO | Coordinator, Geneva Environment Network
  • Ira GIBSON | Program Officer, Human Rights and Development, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Geneva Office on behalf of GeCCco

Introductory Remarks:

  • Benjamin SCHACHTER | Human Rights Officer and Environment team leader, OHCHR
  • Soo Young HWANG | Legal Officer, UN Environment Programme

More information: tiny.cc/6SepGEN


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