sharing in governance of extractive industries

A three-part webinar series on human rights, environment and biodiversity

In March and April 2018, the NBSAP Forum is co-hosting a three-part webinar series on human rights, environment and biodiversity with the Forum for Law, Environment, Development and Governance(FLEDGE), the UN Environment Law Division, the United Nations Development Programme and Swedbio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Maintaining a natural environment of certain quality is recognized as an essential human right. Environmental laws related to protection and governance incorporate various tenets of human rights. Principle 1 of the Stockholm Declaration, which was adopted at the U.N. Conference on Human Environment in 1972, recognizes the right to freedom, equality and adequate conditions of life, and underscores the importance of the environment in achieving a life of dignity and wellbeing. Additionally, Principle 1 of the Rio Convention, adopted in 1992, draws our attention to the importance of linkages between human rights and the environment when it states that human beings are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.

This webinar series addresses the following topics:
  • Environment as a stand-alone human right,
  • Environment as a prerequisite for enjoying existing human rights,
  • Environmental-related human rights obligations towards indigenous peoples, and related linkages to access, use and sharing of biodiversity benefits,
  • Human rights and biodiversity with respect to the evolution of sustainable development, and 
  • Human rights in the context of CBD and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Webinar #1: Introduction to Human Rights and the Environment
Remarks by Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Director, Law Division, U.N. Environment; Presentations by Balakrishna Pisupati and Alphonsa Jojan, FLEDGE, Claudia Ituarte-Lima, Swedbio at Stockholm Resilience Centre 
Date: 29 March 2018   |   Time: 9:00 EDT / New York 

Summary: An overview of historic developments in the area of human rights and environment will be discussed at the beginning of this webinar. The speakers will also provide a synopsis of Special UN Rapporteur John Knox's report on right to a safe environment, which includes biodiversity. The presenters will then discuss key sectoral elements, such as human rights and ecosystem services, and elaborate on the obligations of the State and stakeholders for safe and healthy environment and biodiversity. Linkages to Sustainable Development Goal 16 will also be explored. 
Webinar #2: Human Rights, Business and Biodiversity
Presented by Ms. Shalini Iyengar, Faculty, School of Law, Environment and Planning, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore Dr. Pooran Pandey, Dialogue on Civilisations Research Institute, and Claudia Ituarte- Lima, Swedbio at Stockholm Resilience Centre and Per Stromberg, SEPA
Date: 5 April 2018   |   Time: 9:00 EDT / New York 

Summary: This webinar will focus on links between human rights and business. We will explore UN Global Compact initiatives that address the issue of human rights. Using examples from the extractives industry, we will also discuss the impacts of business on both the conservation and development agenda from a human rights perspective.
Webinar #3: Human Rights in the Context of 
the CBD's post-2020 Strategic Plan 

Presented by Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati, FLEDGE, Prof. Elisa Morgera, Strathclyde University, Mr. Harry Jonas, Natural Justice. The session will be moderated by Mr. Timothy Hodges, McGill University.
Date: 19 April 2018   |   Time: 9:00 EDT / New York 

Summary: This webinar focuses on human rights in the context of the biodiversity agenda using principles and approaches elaborated in the UN Commission on Human  Rights report. The speakers will explore links to the Secretariat’s ecosystem approach and access to genetic resources and benefit sharing programs of work and share information on ongoing discussions to develop the CBD's post-2020 Strategic Plan.

Registration is simple - Click here. You will be redirected to a registration page and prompted to enter your first name, last name and email. Go-To-Webinar will then send you a personalised link to access the classroom. You must retain this code and use it each week to access the webinar. You only need to register once and can then attend whichever webinars in the series that most interest you. What if you cannot make a webinar? Do not worry – each webinar will be recorded and posted in the NBSAP Forum YouTube channel. We will also email you links to access the webinar recording after each lecture. All webinars in this series are in English. We look forward to learning with you!
Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema is the Director of Law Division in UN-Environment. She is a principal environmental lawyer and legal counsel. Her work focuses is on the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws at national, regional and international level; capacity building and compliance and enforcement of multilateral environmental agreements including negotiation of these instruments. She is a member of the IUCN/World Commission on Environmental Law and its Steering Committee. She holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, LLM from Dalhousie University, Canada and studies in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Centre of Foreign Relations and Diplomacy in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati is an internationally renowned conservation and development specialist with three decades of experience working at national, regional and international levels, holding positions such as Vice-Chancellor,TransDisciplinary University (TDU, India), Chief of Biodiversity, Land Law and Governance programmes at UN Environment Programme (UNEP, Kenya), Senior Policy Fellow at Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI, Norway), Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority-Government of India (NBA, India), Coordinator, Biodiplomacy Programme at United Nations University (UNU-IAS, Japan), Head, Regional Biodiversity Programme for Asia at the World Conservation Union (IUCN, Sri Lanka). Currently, he is the Chairperson of FLEDGE based in India.

Alphonsa Jojan is an environmental law researcher and legal consultant. Currently she is working with Dakshin Foundation as Senior Research Assistant. She has earlier served as a legal consultant to TransDisciplinary University, Natural Justice and the National Biodiversity Authority of India. Alphonsa holds an LL.M in Law and Development from Azim Premji University, India and a B.A. LL.B (Hons). from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences

Claudia Ituarte-Lima is an international law researcher and advisor at Swedbioat the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC). Her work focuses on the transformation of international law, in particular biodiversity, climate and human rights law into new governance forms at the national and local levels. Claudia acts as an expert advisor for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and is a member of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Expert Group on policy tools and methodologies. She has provided expert advice to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).

Pooran Chandra Pandey is currently Managing Project Director, Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, an international think tank based in Germany. Prior to his current role, he was Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact Network India besides being a working group member on human rights and labor set up by the UN. Earlier, he served leading non-profits, large companies and the largest media house - The Times of India - in senior leadership positions. Pooran also initiated and led the UNGC- Accenture's CEO Survey and Water Index, DNV's Sustainability Guide and KPMG's Sustainability Matrix for Industrial Sector. Pooran is member on the boards of World Food Program Trust, ICCO, GIZ, Volkswagen Foundation,John Hopkins and Xavier University, besides chairing ACC Limited's Social Audit Committee. 

Shalini Iyengar is an environmental lawyer and educator based in Bangalore, India. She is currently a Faculty Member at the School of Law, Environment and Planning at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology where she teaches law and policy courses on sustainability, resilience, climate change and heritage. In addition to Srishti, Shalini has taught courses at the Foreign Services Academy, India (May 2017), the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (May 2016) and the International University College Turin (February - March 2016). Shalini has also been a Guest Lecturer at Radboud University, Netherlands (December 2016) and has worked as a Legal Consultant to World Wildlife Fund, India (December 2016 - June 2017). 

Per Stromberg is an Economist at the Policy Analysis Unit of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. He has researched widely on economic development and the environment in Latin America, Africa and Asia. His current research focuses on ecosystem services, climate change and biofuel production in developing countries. He has been a researcher for UNDP, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Delegation of the European Commission in Mexico, and the International Institute for Environment and Development. He previously headed the Sustainable Development Governance Initiative at the United Nations University’s Institute of Advanced Studies.

Prof Elisa Morgera is Professor of Global Environmental Law and Director of theStrathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance at Strathclyde University Law School, Glasgow, UK. Prof Morgera is the Principal Investigator of the research projects 'BENELEX: Benefit-sharing for an equitable transition to the green economy - the role of law' and 'Marine Benefits: Sharing the benefits of sustainable fisheries: from global to local legal approaches to marine ecosystem services for poverty alleviation." Prof Morgera has published widely on international biodiversity and human rights law, including E Morgera and J Razzaque (eds), Encyclopedia of Environmental Law: Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law (2017).

Harry Jonas is an international lawyer based in Sabah, Malaysia. Harry co-founded Natural Justice (Lawyers for Communities and the Environment) in 2007 and is now launching Future Law - a think tank promoting legal innovation at the nexus of ecological and social systems. He co-chairs the World Commission on Protected Areas’ Task Force on Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures and is a member of a number of IUCN commissions (WCPA, WCEL and CEESP). His publications include: Tyranny of the Masses (a novel), The Right to Responsibility, The Living Convention, Beyond Protected Areas and Conservation Standards. He is an Ashoka Fellow.

Timothy Hodges is Professor of Practice in Strategic Approaches to Global Affairs at McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Develo... (Montreal), where his research focuses on the application of strategic foresight methodologies in global affairs; the negotiation and implementation of international sustainable development treaties. He served as Co-Chair of the intergovernmental negotiating committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization. Professor Hodges is a former career diplomat with some 35 years of service in the Canadian foreign ministry – with a focus on environmental, economic, and trade policy issues.
The NBSAP Forum is global partnership to support the development and implementation of effective National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). It is hosted by the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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