Towards a greening of human rights: What does the right to a healthy environment mean for water resources?
In October 2021, the UN Human Rights Council recognized a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment (R2HE) as a human right. The Council’s adoption of Resolution 48/13 is an important tool to address water resources degradation and overuse. Water is most often the medium through which climate change effects are experienced, especially by poor and vulnerable communities.
While 150 states already recognize this right in national legislation and policies, the right to a healthy environment requires more effective and ambitious implementation and action at national level.
SIWI’s Swedish Water House and Sida are organizing a webinar on 18 January to discuss this ‘new’ human right related to water protection and governance, freshwater biodiversity, climate change, and ecosystem services. Some of the questions that we will explore are: Why is the human right to a healthy environment necessary? How does it affect the way we address and work with water resources issues and activities? What does it add to already existing human rights, in particular the rights to safe drinking water and sanitation?
This webinar will be the first in a series; exploring how to advance the application of a Human Rights-Based Approach that safeguards all water-related human rights and ensures that no one is left behind.
You are warmly welcome to join us for this discussion!
Welcome and introduction
- SIWI and Sida
- David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment and Associate professor of law, policy, and sustainability at the University of British Columbia
- Claudia Ituarte-Lima, Senior Researcher, Raoul Wallenberg Institute
- Amanda Loeffen, Chief Executive Officer, Human Right 2 Water
- Annalisa Savaresi, Associate Professor, University of Eastern Finland
- David Langlet, Professor of Environmental Law, Uppsala University
- Christina Niemelä Ström, Head of Sustainability, IKEA Supply
- Jenny Grönwall, Advisor Water Policy & Rights, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Keynote speaker and panelists
David R. Boyd is the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment and an associate professor of law, policy, and sustainability at the University of British Columbia, jointly appointed at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.
Claudia Ituarte-Lima is currently Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and is also affiliated with Stockholm University and the University of British Columbia. For the past 20 years, she has specialized in human rights, biodiversity, and climate law.
Annalisa Savaresi is an associate professor at the University of Eastern Finland and director for Europe at the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment. She is a renowned expert in environmental law and on the interplay between human rights and environmental law.
David Langlet is a professor of environmental law at Uppsala University. His research, which is often conducted in multidisciplinary collaborations, has touched on a wide range of topics in the fields of environmental law, law of the sea, energy law, and international trade law.
Amanda Loeffen is CEO of Human Right 2 Water and is an experienced general manager and business development executive in water, energy, and sustainable development. Her goal is to provide sustainable solutions based on human rights to improve water governance worldwide.
Christina Niemelä Ström is responsible for IKEA Supply sustainability agenda. She is an internationally experienced business leader with a deep understanding of the total IKEA value chain within Supply, Range and Franchise for over 20 years.