Human Rights Week - Human Rights and Global Challenges

Human Rights Week - Human Rights and Global Challenges

Posted on behalf of Law & Human Rights Centre Events Team

Wednesday 11 December, 14.00-16.00, Human Rights Seminar room, 5S.6.25

Human Rights and Global Challenges

'Human Rights Framework to Combat Emerging Climate Change Challenges'


Dr Andrew Fagan, University of Essex

Marc Limon, the Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group

Prof Lorna McGregor, University of Essex

Dr Ahmed Shaheed, University of Essex

Chair: Dr Katya Alkhateeb


Marc Limon is Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group (URG). He will address the following the questions in relation to the emerging climate change challenge within a human rights framework:

- What more can the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms (Special Procedures and the UPR), and the UN Treaty Bodies, do to contribute to the global fight against climate change, environmental destruction, and biodiversity loss?

-  What more can the High Commissioner for Human Rights do, especially as a ‘voice for the voiceless,’ to raise the severe human rights consequences of global warming and environmental harm, and to press for more equitable and just solutions?

- What more can the High Commissioner and the Council do to promote environmental rights, and the universal recognition of the right to a clean and healthy environment?

- What role would States like to see can the UN Human Rights Office play to further support the work of the Council, EHRDs and wider civil society to leverage rights to protect the climate and natural environment and how can States support this work? 


Marc Limonis Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group (URG), a think tank focused on international human rights policy, with offices in Geneva, New York, and Bogota. Marc Limon worked as a diplomat at the UN Human Rights Council from the body’s establishment in 2006 until the end of 2012. This included participating in the negotiations on the institution-building package, on the Council’s mid-term review, and on a wide-range of thematic and country-specific issues. He was lead negotiator on nine different UN resolutions dealing with issues such as human rights and climate change, human rights and the environment, freedom of assembly and association, and the Third Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Alongside his colleague Subhas Gujadhur (Mauritius), he also established the Human Rights Council’s Trust Fund to support the participation of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.

All Welcome.

11 Dec 2019 at 2:00pm
until 11 Dec 2019 at 4:00pm
University of Essex Colchester Campus, Human Rights Seminar room, 5S.6.25

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