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8 June 2022, 10:00-12:00
Register start 18 May 2022
Register end 7 June 2022


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Armed Conflicts, Environment and Human Rights


Smoke from a burning oil field rises into the air, Iraq, 2006 Smoke from a burning oil field rises into the air, Iraq, 2006


This conference, co-organized with the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, will address the adverse implications for the enjoyment of human rights caused by environmental degradation in armed conflicts.

Panelists will notably discuss the following questions:

  • What are some of the widespread patterns of environmental degradation caused by armed conflicts, resulting in adverse implications for the enjoyment of human rights?
  • What are the negative effects of such deteriorated environments on human rights, particularly in the framework of the Sustainable Development Agenda?
  • What can be the role of governments, international organisations and civil society in (1) adopting preventive measures at the national and international levels; (2) empowering local communities, in particular vulnerable groups, to be active contributors in post-conflict rebuilding and reconstruction efforts; (3) strengthening environmental protection, and addressing the resulting human rights gaps, in national and international normative and policy frameworks?



Panel 1: Legal Framework




  • Hilal Elver, Member of the High-Level Panel of Experts of the Committee of World Food Security and former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food (2014-2020)
  • Lindsey Cameron, Head of the Unit of Thematic Legal Advisers, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Emma Hakala, Senior Research Fellow, Global Security Research Programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
  • Yulia Mogutova, Teaching Assistant, Geneva Academy and PhD Candidate, University of Geneva Law Faculty


Panel 2: Experiences from the Field


  • Umesh Palwankar, Executive Director, Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue


  • Mohamed Ahmed Bin Fahad, Chairman of the Higher Committee, Zayed International Foundation for the Environment


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


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