The 3rd week of our 10 Weeks of Action is centered on Environmental Justice, so this week’s profiled resource is a new policy from United Nation Environment titled: Promoting Greater Protection for Environmental Defenders Policy. This new policy outlines a new rapid response mechanism, ways to build on and scale legal assistance, a new environmental rights initiative, and expansion of partnerships in this area of work.
There is no more important time than today to provide increased protection to environmental defenders with 207 land and environmental justice defenders murdered in 2017 alone- the highest on record. In Latin America and the Caribbean, Nations have a great opportunity to make progress towards increasing protection through the Escazu Agreement, a regional, legally-binding agreement adopted by 24 countries in March that aims to not only protect the land and environment, but the brave activists working to protect it.
More about the UN Environment’s Promoting Greater Protection for Environmental Defenders Policy:
This policy proposes how UN Environment can promote greater protection for individuals and groups who are defending their environmental rights, and identifies solutions to mitigate the abuse of environmental rights which affects a growing number of people in many parts of the world.
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