8 JUNE 2022

PANEL EVENT: ARMED CONFLICTS, ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS

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As part of a joint initiative, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights held a panel event on Armed Conflicts, Environment and Human Rights on 8 June 2022 in Geneva at Villa Moynier, and online via Zoom.

The event comprised of two panels, during which experts and academics from around the world explored the normative and legal frameworks that guide and help address the threat posed by armed conflicts on the environment and human rights, and shared experiences from the field on the widespread patterns of environmental degradation caused by armed conflicts, that result in adverse implications for the enjoyment of human rights.

The event aimed to discuss the role of governments, international organizations, and civil society in adopting preventive measures, to strengthen environmental protection, address the resulting human rights gaps, and empower local communities, in particular vulnerable groups, to be active contributors in post-conflict rebuilding and reconstruction efforts.

A follow-up publication will be developed and shared on our social media and website.

Panel One: Normative and Legal Framework 

MODERATION 

  • Gloria Gaggioli, Director, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Dr. Hilal Elver, UN Former Special on Right to food (2014-2020) and, currently member of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the Committee of World Food Security (CFS)

PANELISTS 

  • Dr. Lindsey Cameron, Head of the Unit of Thematic Legal Advisers, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Dr. Emma Hakala, Senior Research Fellow, Global Security Research Programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)
  • Ms. Yulia Mogutova, Teaching Assistant, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and PhD candidate at the Université de Genève (UNIGE)

Panel Two:  Experiences from the Field 

MODERATION

  • Dr. Umesh Palwankar, Executive Director at the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

PANELISTS

  • Mr. Hassan Partow, Programme Manager, Disasters and Conflicts Branch, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Ms. Nazanine Moshiri, Senior Climate & Security Analyst (Africa), International Crisis Group
  • Mr. Doug Weir, Research and Policy Director, Conflict and Environment Observatory (CEOBS)