SCELG involved in multiple panels for the 2022 Summer/Winter School on Human Rights and the Environment

May 2022 — For the second year running, the One Ocean Hub will share research findings and methods at the Summer/Winter School on Human Rights and the Environment (20-28 June 2022) co-hosted by UNEP and the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE). The School aims at raising awareness and building the capacity of human rights activists, researchers, and government representatives from around the world on the basis of perspectives and experiences from the Global South. The theme of the 2022 Summer/Winter School, “Water – from Oceans to Taps” is expected to shed light on the human rights challenges faced in relation to the freshwater, coastal and marine environment. The Hub co-developed with UNEP and the Global Network this year’s call for panels, and has co-developed six different panels at the GNHRE and UNEP Summer/Winter School 2022.


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SCELG members will contribute to various panels, such as: 

  1. Critical Human Rights Issues at the Ocean-Climate Nexus (21st June 10am-11:30 CEST) to explore the different human rights challenges arising from the interface of climate change and the ocean (the ocean/climate nexus). Prof Elisa Morgera will chair the event, while SCELG PhD researchers Mitchell Lennan and Julia Nakamura will present on “Introduction: Human rights at the ocean/climate scientific and legal nexus”; and “The protection of human rights of small-scale fishers and their communities in the climate change context”, respectively.
  2. Children’s rights to a healthy climate, healthy freshwater and a healthy ocean(21st June, 12 pm to 1.30 pm CET) to explore different ways in which children’s human right to a healthy environment can be protected and exercised in different sites related to climate change, freshwater and the ocean and the need for an integrated approach in this connection. Prof Elisa Morgera will present on "Hard Legal Edge: relying on children’s human rights to ensure inter-generational equity and meaningful youth engagement in international ocean governance."
  3. Protecting human rights of small-scale artisanal fishing actors and achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals (23rd June, 10 am-11:30 am CEST) to explore the challenges and opportunities to protect human rights through the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (2022) and the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication. Prof Elisa Morgera, together with colleagues from the One Ocean Hub Kira Erwin, Bola Erinosho and Tapiwa Warikandwa, will present on “Knowledge co-production with small-scale fishers as a way to protect their human rights in ocean-related decision-making.
  4. Oceans, Art and Environmental Defenders (Wednesday 22nd June at 10am CET): Dr Saskia Vermeylen will chair an event on the role of Art in all its multiple forms (drawing, animation, film, dance, sound, and performance) as a powerful force for activism and advocacy towards ocean wellbeing. 

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